Christopher Sattlewhite

                                 Death Row, California
          

                               

Greetings. the whole point to life and human existance is self improvement through the seeking of knowledge and wisdom that knowledge brings everybody has the god given right to learn if they so choose.
Sadly, for the condemned prisoners housed at San Quentin State Prison in California however, no educational programs are provided by the state.
Towards that end I am seeking like minded individuals who are willing to invest in my educational and spiritual growth, people willing to help me to become a better and more learned person.
Below you will find a list of books I would like to read but have so far been unable to procure for lack of financial resources.

BOOK LIST :

1. The Case For Democracy - Nathan Shanasky
2. God's Politics - Jim Wallace
3. Confessions of An Economic Hitman - John Perkins
4. The End of Poverty - Jeffery Sachs
5. Smart Mob - Howard Rindgold

If you would like to play a positive role towards my growth and development, you may do so by ordering these texts two at a time in paperback (only) form and have the vendor / distributor mail them directly to me at :

Christopher J Sattlewhite
PO Box H 60700
3AC54
San Quentin State Prison
San Quentin California
94974 USA


Or you may purchase hardcover books which I can recieve only through my attorney at

Christopher J Sattlewhite
c/o Mr Peter Hensley
Attorney At Law
2022 Cliff Drive # 382
Santa Barbara California
93109

if hardcover books are sent to me at this latter address, there are no limitations on the number of books you may send - I will recieve them. Barnes and Noble.com is the only approved internet book vendor allowed by the prison.

Your kindness and genorosity in this matter is very much appreciated.

Warmest Regards

Christopher J Sattlewhite     

                        

                                               A WRITING BY CHRISTOPHER SATTLEWHITE

Incarceration has provided me with the time and opportunity to mature, both emotionally and intellectually, to look within and become better able to take those steps necessary to amend many of my shortcomings. Never did I think that one day I would find myself looking out at the world through the perforated steel covered bars of a cell and cyclone / bar covered windows, much less doing it as a death row inmate in San Quentin.
As a child my hopes were simple, to be successful so I could live the Great American Dream I had heard so much about. Yet here I am, awaiting my possible execution with shattered dreams, uncertain what the future will bring. I began life believing my hopes were possible and even now, I find my heart hopeful. Still, I am filled with doubt. My belief is that many, if not most, children grow up with some of those same hopes and dreams -- yet there are exceptions - as you will see.
Living in an economically rich and stable nation where everyone is given the chance to thrive and succeed, where opportunities abound for even the lowest of classes to climb the social and financial ladder, there still remains the inescapable fact that environment shapes community. The poverty stricken and lower middle class continue to be looked upon with mistrust, disdain and even outright animosity. Environment and social conditions shape behavior so those of the upper classes tend not to offer those of lower class the same choices and opportunities as they would afford to one of their same class.
Choices and opportunities for the poor are very limited, if not outright nonexistant, and the development and vehaviorial conduct for a child growing up in these conditions are predicated by his or her surroundings and social structure....However, there are at times those who, against all odds and social / economical obstacles, rise above their environmental stricutes to become socially and financially successful - class limitations notwithstanding - even becoming successful citizens leading productive lives.
As children most of us are taught the basis of right and wrong, becoming easily capable of making intelligent decisions later based on sound values and judgement. Others less fortunate in education, upbringing, and social standing either never learn to choose the best course for themselves from not being taught properly, or at all, or grow to allow their decisions to be dictated by peer pressure.

The capitalist society in which we live measures ones class, social standing and success, or failure by the amount of accumulated financial wealth and material possessions. The emphasis on the importance of of proportion of wealth teaches misplaced and misleading values to our children, especially the ones growing up in the poorer communities who are less fortunate than even those of the lower middle class.

With this being said, the belief that a person of low or non-class standing can become successful at achieving the American Dream is both true and lie : The intent is that anybody who tries may achieve financial success. The reality however is that those of lesser means and standing cannot do so easily, if at all, are even precluded from doing so simply because they are poor or have been given the social stigma of classlessness or are stereotyped as being from a crime prevalant area, so are looked upon with wariness or even mistrust.

The criminal justice system needs to direct less attention and resources on solving its social concience by locking up its citizens, and more on establishing effective prevention and rehabilitiation through educational and informational programs. Violence accounts of a small percentage of crimes committed, though state and federal agencies would like the public to believe otherwise - most often during election years.

Politicians often use crime prevention and harsher criminal laws and sentencing as their platform, playing upon the fears of society simply as an expedient means to an end : Advancement of their own political careers. Other topics used for the sake of political expediency include health and welfare reform, tax breaks, affirmative action, and education. None of these politically expedient platform topics address the issues which are most deserving of attention. Other than the implementation of new taxes or the raising of existing ones, and or cuts in education, the status quo remains relatively unchanged - the public blind to the truth.
The State of California has approximately thirty three (33)correctional facilities and an annual working budget that greatly exceeds that of the public school systems, A society that opts for short term remedies over the investiture of available resources into long term solutions, which would cut deep into the root of the problem, is a failed society one unconcerned with bettering its citizens - though the politicians give lip service to doing or wanting to do just that.

The courts have seen fit to imprison a very large portion of societys population within various state institutional facilities, most of whom possess a wide range of physical skills, many even being gifted with artistic, musical and other intellectual talents : Sketch artists and painters, writers of prose and poetry, and so on, all relegted to a status of non persons. A surprisingly large percentage of these men and women who are victims of the court's mercy (or lack therof) have spent their incarceration wisely by seeking to better themselves; improving upon their education by availing themselves with what few educatonal and or religious programs are available within the prison walls; maturing emotionally and intellectually until they are no longer the thoughtless, uneducated, irreligious or impulsive people they were before that caused them to commit the crimes for which segregated them from society. (It is a sad and lamentable fact that some of them are in fact innocent of the offenses for which they were convicted - implausible as it sounds, nevertheless it is true).

These persons, once "improved" should be allowed a chance to reintegrate back into society as productive members, rather than continue being held at taxpayers expense, locked away out of sight and out of mind. (If you can't see them there isn't a problem, right?) Should all prisoners be unwilling recipients of the punishment necessitated for the actions of the recidivist few? Apparantely so, since the system seems to care more for this money generating filling of bed space, than the rehabilitation of existing prisoners who have struggled to improve themselves.

These incarcerated persons need not suffer under excessively harsh laws designed to curb recidivism, if the state were to provide services like educational and social programs to its denizens. If your family members got caught up in the jaws of the judicial system, wouldn't you want them to have more of an opportunity for early release because they had spent their time wisely rehabilitating themselves with special programs, rather than a sop to the unknowing public ? Wouldn't you want them to have a better chance of being released, to come home to you and once home, to stay home?

The greater share of people voting to enact / impose harsher criminal laws and sentencing generally do so out of an emotional rather than an intellectual perspective.
Yet, those same voters tend to become among the staunchest and most vociferous opposers of harsher criminal laws and sentencing when a member of their family gets caught up under those same grinding wheels of the legal system as criminals.

It can happen to anyone, even you; not all "criminals" become so by choice or planning. What you vote for today with emotion guidng your decisions can one day come back around to haunt you tomorrow! Vote concientiously and with knowledge aforehand, consider the possibility that your vote for harsher criminal laws and sentencing and other penal issues will have long range consequences. Consider, also, how your vote may affect the men and women already in or perhaps soon to be in the penal system - and how you would feel if it were you - or a loved one, being the target of the laws you voted to enact.

It could happen, "circumstances" having a tendency to befall unexpectedly, and caring for a persons identity or social status.

Copyrighted 2005








                        

                         PENPAL REQUEST 

Warm embraces, I trust that this letter find all that reads it existing within a state of strong health and well being. As for myself Just existing in the land of the forgotten and forget, trying to maintain my sanity ! Which is a daily challenge coming from variest of angles, levels, and people (at liberty and incarcerated). Nevertheless, the challenges are a basis for my strength - to continue forward another day, behind these prison walls, called THE HOUSE OF PAIN.
Let me give you a brief description of myself! i'm 5'10", wt 180, brown eyes, light complection from Ventura California and seeking to establish a bridge of friendship out there in society - so I speculate that if you are reading this ad 'you will allow this isolated man to become a friend..."
I'm in need of communcating with a person who ? knows the word of friendship truly means, and not complicate matters with fantasies and lies. Considering I have experience the road of broken promises and empty dreams.
I am a victim twice, once by the fact of my incarceration and all the rightwing politicians. Two the non concern from the people of the human race. I guess! I just ave not had the opportunity of meeting that caring individual who is willing to take the chance and challenge of writing a man of flesh and bone, feelings and emotions.
We all make mistakes in life; just that mines was a costly one. Nevertheless I forge through this daily chaos, I must endure! ! !
I prefer to correspond with an individual between the age of thirty five and older. However any correspondence is welcomed.
Well I have written all that I can say at this time, anything else would be repeating myself.

Sincerely;
CHRISTOPHER
AKA Askari Jafar Muhommed


Christopher J Sattlewhite
PO Box H 60700
3AC54
San Quentin State Prison
San Quentin California
94974 USA

 

         
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