No soup for you!
From the "We cannot allow random acts of kindness to go on without fucking with them" department comes this late breaking news item.
I was called down to the mailroom today to be told that I could only have five of the nine books you recently sent.
I was told to choose which five I wanted, and then I would have thirty days to bring them stamps and an address to send the extra four books out.
I asked them where they were getting the five-book limit from, and they said the policy statement for inmate property
I gently informed them that the property list clearly states that we are allowed a total of ten books. Only five of them would be allowed to be transferred, but we could have ten total.
Never one to let a possible out slip by them, they then asked me how many books I had in my locker.
Lying to staff is on the list
of the two hundred or so things we are not supposed to do, so I told them that I did have more than ten books in my locker.
So they said, fine, then you get none of these books! (Think "No soup for you
!" from the Seinfeld show.)
See what a debate with someone with the mind power of a gnat can do for you?
Well, after still trying to get them to confirm what rule they were using, I caved in and said, OK, let me see the books, and I picked five. I told them I was donating the other four and by rights they should show up in the prison library, but I doubt it.
I have two different publications, official BOP
statements that clearly show we are allowed ten books. There is no specific policy statement as to allow the mailroom to limit incoming mail
except if it is deemed a danger to the institution such as by being pornography, or dealing with weapons making, escape plans, or heaven forbid, computer programming
So, for the short term, please send only five at a time. I realize this sort of increases your mailing costs, but I am on the case and I am going over the mailroom supervisor's head to get a definitive answer.
Of course, part of this process has the sure-fire possibility that all of my future mail will be held, folded, spindled, and mutilated.
Stay tuned for further updates.