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Oregon Political Prisoner Being Stripped of Phone Use

"A political prisoner is someone held in prison or otherwise detained, perhaps under house arrest, for his or her involvement in political activity" - Wikipedia

Terrence Kimble photographed when he was serving time at the Oregon State Prison in Salem.
Terrence Kimble photographed when he was serving time at the Oregon State Prison in Salem.

(SALEM, Ore.) - The story of an Oregon prison inmate who helped bust a state orchestrated act of Whistleblower retaliation has taken a turn for the worse. State officials say they will strip Terrence Kimble of his phone privileges and place him in the 'hole' again as he continues surviving a pattern of what clearly appears to be official misconduct and corruption.

We have written about inmate Terrence Kimble several times. He helped a former prison guard who is also African-American, William Coleman, expose a mail tampering crime that involved a guard's racial scrawls on a People Magazine story about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's adoption of a black child.

It took some effort, but Coleman was able to get the magazine out of the prison. It later would become part of his defense in a trial he never expected, for crimes he never committed.

For exposing the situation with the magazine, Kimble was transferred to the Snake River Correctional Institute (SRCI) hundreds of miles across the state, in eastern Oregon, "Cowboy Country", as it is known in DOC speak. Kimble says he was sent there in retaliation, after reporting the racial incident at Oregon State Prison (OSP) in Salem.

Kimble's real mistake? Being willing to expose the mail crime and later, agreeing to testify in court on behalf of William Coleman, who the state would later unsuccessfully frame on very serious charges.

In the wake of this inmate's advocacy for a former prison guard who blew the whistle on racism, he has watched his life go from bad to worse.

Honesty has no apparent rewards or merits in this correctional system that is supposedly based on honor and integrity. In fact if it ever existed in Oregon, it must have fled the building long ago; years before the Murder of Oregon Corrections Chief Michael Francke in 1989, who was hired expressly by the Oregon Governor to rid the state's prisons of rampant corruption.

The corruption investigation died that day in 1989 also.

When it comes to Kimble's story, anyone can read the arrest report that landed this man in prison for 19 years on a sex abuse charge, and clearly see that it is impossible Kimble committed the crime he was accused of. The man's life appears to be a series of false accusations. Perhaps his biggest mistake was moving to Oregon from California where he trusted the system to be just and fair.

The alleged underage 'rape' victim had never engaged in sex, according to emergency room doctors in Eugene who examined her after the alleged crime. The girl told the ER physician she had not engaged in sex with anyone. Kimble, who reportedly is an extremely well endowed male, would certainly have left evidence.

We have written that story and you can read the details, as disturbing as they are. Remember Oregonians, this is your state. (see: Evidence Shows Oregon Inmate Was Falsely Convicted and Inmate's Life Threatened by Staff at SRCI and Whistleblower Blues: Man in the Hole)

So, as we report on this man being falsely convicted, surviving a violent physical attack from law enforcement, and having his federal mail tampered with by state DOC officials; we learn that the staff at the Snake River Correctional Institute are now trying to strip Terrence Kimble of his telephone privileges.

That seems like a conflict for an agency that states in their own rules:

"Ongoing contact with supportive family and friends is an important part of inmates’ success in prison and upon release. The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) is committed to providing the best possible inmate telephone service at the most reasonable cost per call."

Of course the problem is that Kimble talks to William Coleman, and it screams of more Whistleblower retaliation. Coleman could write a book about it. Fortunately that honor has been directed to me.

In regard to the Dept. of Corrections policy, their Website states:

From the Oregon Dept. of Corrections:

What features on a phone might prevent receipt or disconnect a call?

Three-way Calling: ODOC rules prohibit any type of three-way or conference calls. DOC blocks these numbers.

Phone Charges

A three way call is a conversation involving more than two telephone lines. Never was a third line involved, Coleman says. He believes the threats and possible disciplinary charges are an effort at minimum, to prevent Kimble from communicating information that damages the DOC's illegal political patterns.

Definitions of three way calling on the Web:

  • a way of adding a third party to your conversation without the assistance of a telephone operator
  • is available (usually at an extra charge) for most customers on their home or office phone line. To three way call, the first person one wishes to talk to is dialed. Then the Hook Flash button is pressed and the other person's phone number is dialed. While it is ringing flash is pressed again. ...

Coleman says Capt. Tom Watson and Oregon DOC Security Manager Al Hannon, are conspiring to maintain a harassment campaign against Kimble. Hannon has recently approached Kimble and asked, "So what's up with Coleman?" Both Coleman and Kimble believe the DOC is paying close attention to this ongoing news series on prison corruption, and doing everything possible to keep these men from communicating.

At stake are big lawsuits and legal culpability on the part of Oregon Corrections, Oregon State Police, the Marion County District Attorney's office, and several other local agencies that tried in vain to convict Coleman of a series of crimes he had nothing to do with.

Our investigation reveals that they remained motionless and silent during the exposure of racism, but moved quickly and in unison to send Coleman to prison on charges that we now know for certain, were without merit.

Officials at Snake River accuse Kimble of making a three-way call on 28 October 2010 around 6:11 p.m. Kimble says at the time of this accusation, he was in the chow hall, as he is generally at that time.

The prison day room doesn't open until 6:30 or 6:45 p.m., so seems impossible that he could have made the phone call at that specific time.

Kimble was written up a month later, on 28 November 2010, by a Lieutenant named K. Jackson. The writeup was placed in what is known as a hearing box.

"When Kimble calls from the prison he calls his personal cell phone at his sister's house, his sister calls me, and puts Kimble's cell phone on speaker phone alone with hers, that way I can hear him a little clearly."

Coleman continued, "I can never speak directly to Kimble; when we do this his sister interprets most of the conversations between myself and Kimble. The prison phone recording will prove that Kimble's sister tells me what Kimble is saying to me."

Coleman says this is not three way calling.

"This is clearly a two way call using a speaker phone- it is no crime. Phone records will clearly prove it's no three way call, and DOC has no proof of three way calling. It's impossible for Kimble to do three way calling from the inside. I have communicated with Kimble this way for months and now DOC wants to play their games."

"The Oregon DOC is threatening to take Kimble's pin number away so he can't communicate with me. Kimble stated to me he been in prison since 2000 never been written up for phone violations, he say DOC is trying hard to stop our communications," Coleman said.

It seems apparent from our ongoing investigation of this matter, that the state is trying to prevent Kimble from talking to Coleman.

Kimble confirmed that he has never been in trouble over this:

"I've been in here ten years and I've never had a phone violation." In the last conversation that was relayed to Coleman, Kimble related how a Capt. Tom Watson tried to hang a heroin-related death on Coleman.

"Watson said I would never be able to prove racism, over and over, and Watson was the one who sent homicide detectives to Kimble at Snake River, saying they tried to get him to say I was the one who brought the heroin in that led to an inmate death."

Coleman says Watson was a source of many problems at the state prison in Salem. "All he ever had to do, was be honest and do the right thing", Coleman said.

"In addition to contraband (cigarette) smuggling charges, Oregon wanted to charge me with an inmate drug death, I now find out", Coleman says.

He says Watson is the staff official who told him to "stay out of inmate's affairs" after Coleman complained about a movie on Adolf Hitler being played for inmates.

We have revealed in previous reports that Oregon State Police interviewed at least 2,000 inmates while trying to build a case against Coleman. Ultimately, detectives found two convicts, members of a known white supremest gang, willing to say Coleman smuggled cigarettes to inmates.

As he approached his trial, Coleman knew he faced a 40-year prison sentence if convicted. Still, rather than take one of several plea bargains, Coleman took his case to a jury, who found him not guilty of all 15 counts, unanimously. The state's case was a complete and total failure. What Oregon's DOC inadvertently did, was make Coleman's allegations against the state extremely credible.

If it were not for the integrity of Terrence Kimble, William Coleman likely would have been convicted and sent up the river for decades on bogus 'cigarette smuggling' charges. For Coleman, the knowledge of Kimble's kangaroo court conviction, coupled with his willingness to testify for a former guard, as a prison inmate, makes for a maddening situation.

"It is frustrating, he's doing all he can to see big effective change, and they are waiting to foil him at every stop," Coleman said.

Inmate calls are expensive, and families have a hard time meeting the cost of this communication. Coleman says the cell phone speaker call is not a crime, nor is it a three way call.

Previous Installments in this series:
Nov-25-2010: Tim King and Ruth Kovacs on KBOO's Prison Pipeline (AUDIO) -
Nov-22-2010: Tim King on KBOO FM's Prison Pipeline Tonight -
Nov-16-2010: Federal Mail Tampering at Oregon State Prison? - Tim King
Oct-29-2010 A Witness With No Credibility - Tim King
Oct-27-2010: Inmate's Life Threatened by Staff at SRCI - Tim King
Oct-21-2010: Oregon Inmate Stabbing Victim Attacked Second Time - Tim King
Sep-10-2010: Demonstrators Call Oregon State Hospital's Employment Practices Racist, Unacceptable - Tim King
Aug-28-2010: Observations on Michael Francke's Murder, Frank Gable's Conviction, & the paid Confession of 'Shorty' Harden -
Aug-25-2010: Whistleblower Blues: Man in the Hole - Tim King
Aug-11-2010: Demonstrators Protest Local Newspaper Over Racism - Tim King
Aug-05-2010: Evidence Shows Oregon Inmate Was Falsely Convicted - Tim King
Aug-03-2010: Chicken Night at the Oregon State Penitentiary - Tim King
Jul-21-2010: Eyes on the Oregon State Prison: Voicing Concern for an Inmate's Life - Tim King
Jul-14-2010: State Prison Whistleblower Says Oregon Corrections is Blocking Federal Mail - Tim King
Jul-05-2010 : A Denial of Civil Rights- Oregon's Collaboration in Racism Whistleblower Retaliation - Tim King
Jun-26-2010: Getting Refamiliarized with the Murder of Michael Francke - Tim King
Jun-23-2010: Local Media Downplayed Former Prison Guard's Struggle Against Racism - Tim King
Jun-18-2010: Exposé: Skeletons Falling Out of the Closet of Oregon Corrections - Tim King
Jun-17-2010: Scott McAlister: Child Porn-Related Conviction and Practicing Law - Tim King

Great resources on the Michael Francke Murder:
Michael Francke - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Blue Oregon - Who killed Michael Francke?
Ex-employee supports corruption claims - by Jim Redden Portland Tribune

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Joe Brady December 10, 2010 4:07 pm (Pacific time)

Great Job on this one.

Silence Dogood December 4, 2010 8:53 am (Pacific time)

Moral to story: Be careful no to make a claim in state courts, so as to protect jurisdiction for a federal civil rights complaint. Federal Statute was passed by Congress on April 20, 1871 and provides as follows: "Every person who, under color of statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage of any State or Territory, subjects or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress." Jurisdiction is provided at 28 U.S.C. § 1343(3). Pertinent case for violation Oregon prisoner rights (retaliation and failure to protect) see 10th U.S. District Judge Kane wrote in 1980 (Ramos v. Lamm, supra, 639 F.2d at 572-73):

JB December 1, 2010 8:31 pm (Pacific time)

This is breaking news, according to the DOC website he is in prison for being a rapist.

Editor: That would be interesting, he certainly was charged with being a rapist, but not convicted of that crime. When the victim has never engaged in sex, the charge becomes very hard to prove.    There are, if you don't know, very definitive ways of determining a young female's sexual history, if you know what I mean.  So in summary, he is serving time for Sex Abuse and Attempted Rape, not Rape.

From the DOC Website:

Docket Number County Crime Sentence Type Begin Date Termination Date
200024274/01 LANE SEX ABUSE 1 NEW Inmate Sentence 05/08/2001 03/10/2007
200024274/02 LANE SEX ABUSE 1 NEW Inmate Sentence 05/08/2001 -
200024274/03 LANE SEX ABUSE 1 NEW Inmate Sentence 05/08/2001 -
200024274/04 LANE SEX ABUSE 1 NEW Inmate Sentence 05/08/2001 03/10/2007
200024274/07 LANE RAPE I ATTEMPT Inmate Sentence 05/08/2001 04/10/2003
200024274/08 LANE RAPE II ATTEMPT Inmate Sentence 05/08/2001 02/07/2002
200024274/10 LANE WEAPON USE UNLAWFUL Inmate Sentence 05/08/2001 02/07/2002

 Yes, all of those charges and convictions stemming from one unproven incident, crazy isn't it?  A white man would never have been convicted in this way or sentenced to 19 years.  Welcome to Oregon, land of absolute 'good ol' boy' injustice for African Americans.   

Joe Vigil December 1, 2010 1:19 pm (Pacific time)

Great writing.Great article. DOC in Oregon needs a clean-up. Maybe the Governor-Elect will take an interest in this injustice.

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