News on the transfer of one of those sentenced for taking part in the burning of a police car in Quai de Valmy in May 2016.
Having been sentenced to more than 2 years, he was transferred in shackles from the prison of Fleury-Mérogis to Meaux detention centre, a prison whose management was ‘delegated’ to GEPSA, the branch in Engie. While many prisoners wait months or years before entering a detention centre hoping for less harsh prison conditions, for him it was fast.
Given the Prison Authority’s determine to intimidate prisoners and those in solidarity, we don’t think this is a favour:
After the sentence a prisoner can ask for a hearing before the judge who pronounced the sentence, which must happen within four months, regarding possible release on bail. In his case, his hearing was set six months after his request. This comes as no surprise because they run no risk of going beyond time limits: the only possibility left is to address the court of appeal directly. We know that this court (the Chamber of the execution of sentences or ‘capello’) is considered harder because it deliberates in the absence of those concerned. Moreover there’s no hearing and so no possibility to reach any agreement.
Also a request for a change in the sentence depends on the department where the prison is, which means that he will probably have to reformulate his request to the JAP in Meaux and wait for a new hearing.
Finally, for over three weeks, namely until 3rd March, no visits were permitted. The number of visits was reduced from 3 to 2 per week and they have to be made over two consecutive days. Letters take a long time to arrive, when they don’t disappear altogether, they probably pass through the ex-investigating judge’s hands. The prison regime remains ‘closed doors’, on condition of a successive ‘rehabilitation’ more oppressive and individualized than in Fleury.
While each story is different, these practices are extremely common and it is the repression system in its entirety that tries to break all individuals, with the power of bureaucracy and the law, but also with thousands of small and big abuses that characterize the lives of those caught in its net.
Each in their own way, let’s let the shit know that prisoners are not alone in the face of the State and its jailers!