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Former Prisoner, Best Selling Author Glenn Langohr, Reviews Former Prison Guard D.J. Vodicka’s Book, The Green Wall

“The Green Wall” Is a Courageous Story of the Last Man Standing for Justice Against the California Prison Union”

As a former inmate who spent over 10 years inside some of the most violent California prisons on drug charges, I took on D.J.’s book to read and review. As an author myself who started writing to shed some light into the darkness that is California’s out of control prison system, my curiosity to see a Former Prison Guard’s perception was peaked.

 

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It is a penetrating look and historic book that should be required reading in colleges in regards to Crime and Punishment, Criminology, Gangs and Prison culture. It is also an intense read and highly entertaining.

The Story follows D.J. Vodicka into the prison system as a guard and in his own words, a new “Fish”, as he made his way adapting to one of the highest security prisons in the state, Corcoran. From there he went to the notorious Pelican Bay State Prison. D.J. rose to the challenge and had a mentor, Mr. Reynoso, who helped him. At Pelican Bay D.J. was a first responder to a Mexican Mafia hit where a drop out (Informant against the mob) got a piece of steel in his neck and later died. D.J. witnessed other intense riots, stabbings and constant violence, and maintained his dignity and honor throughout.

 

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Once transferred to Salinas Valley State Prison, next to Soledad, D.J. was a veteran prison guard who had worked the highest levels of security and should have had a position of leadership. Instead, the new prison seemed to have a collection of non veteran prison guards who were easily influenced by the violence and heavy gang life of lifers on the yard. A riot exploded. But this one was against the prison guards over a beef that might have been from excessive force, or just a gang flexing muscle. The Mexicans attacked the guards and D.J. was there to help investigate the incident. At this point in the story, D.J. stands up and maintains his integrity by writing accurate reports and taking pictures of injured inmates. The guards seemed to emulate the gangs and create one of their own that went by G.W. They started acting like gang bangers and flashed sign language just like the gang banger prisoners the guards were in charge of securing. D.J. reported it when asked to.

At that point, the prison guards who had clicked up in this Green Wall subculture/gang created a “Code of Silence” to look the other way when it came to violence and intimidation manuavers against the inmates. This gained momentum and became more criminal in regards to falsifying reports, planting weapons and possibly/allegedly more of the same or worse. And standing in the way of this tsunami was D.J. Vodicka. Who continued to maintain his ethics and accurately report and follow instructions against this building subculture amongst the guards at Salinas Valley. Now, from the highest levels, D.J.’s reports were leaked on purpose and he became an absolute target. He continued to stand tall all the way to the end. Read this book to understand just how far this went.

 

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My takeaways as a former inmate. While locked up at Chino Central in the notorious Sycamore Hall, nicknamed “Stick-A-More Hall” for all the stabbings, a prison guard brought an Aryan Brotherhood drawing “Calling Card” that was an image of dice,a naked female and the numbers 666 all ghosted together. The prison guard asked me if it was mine as he found it on the floor just outside of my cell. Had I said yes, It was my trip to Palm Hall and Pelican Bay. This relates to D.J.’s book in a couple of ways. It is evidence of the subculture of guards who cross the line and work for the gangs and/or become one themselves, and it relates to the Green Wall’s Prison Guard gang who used a similar art piece to represent their gang with 666 and the dice.

Also while doing time at Centinella State prison on D yard while I was a shot caller, we had a guard who gave us an inmate’s paperwork that proved that inmate was a notorious child molester with 44 counts of ANNLY/MOLEST. That guard was helping us handle vigilante justice. I wrote about it in my book, ”
The Art of War: A Memoir of Life in Prison with Mafia, Serial Killers and Sex Offenders Who Get Stabbed” This also relates to what D.J. says was going on at Salinas Valley Prison.

Another takeaway: D.J. and I both share a perspective on the root problem with California’s out of control prison system. It stopped being a place of rehabilitation in the 1980’s when the population quickly exploded and rose up to 700%. The Drug War and tough on crime politics turned it into a send everyone to prison deal that made prisons warehouses for violence and gang indoctrination.

As a result of this, prison guards are just as affected by this militant, always violent, racial segregated fight for every piece of space, highly secretive, constant cat and mouse game of violence and “organized hits” that are prison life. Does this sound like rehabilitation? Obviously not. The prison guards are affected by living in this culture and D.J.’s book shows how the two cultures blend together until lines are crossed and blurred. My hat is off to D.J. for standing tall and documenting it.

 

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Day 46 – Statement from the Mediation Team

The Prison Guards and I.G.I. “Goon Squad” are going to beat the shit out of the prisoners to force feed them. You have to understand that they will mount up outside of the cell in full force wearing gas masks, shield and enter as a group to rush each cell individually. I’ve been through cell extractions and that is what is going to happen to get to the prisoners. They will say that it is for security so none of the staff get hurt, but let’s be real, how strong can a person be after not eating for 45 days! This is the most cruel blow I have ever witnessed in my life, and I’ve seen a lot! I know God is with the prisoners because he loves them and HATES evil. Who is being evil now?

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Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

How much force is used when a prison is force-fed?  The Mos Def force-feeding video showed him being strapped down, a ritual reminiscent of the electric chair.  When sympathetic medical personnel attempted to insert the plastic tube through his nose and down his throat to his stomach, it was painful.  Even a willing patient, like Mos Def, would be hard-pressed not to struggle to avoid the procedure.  Imagine how an unwilling patient in the hands of unsympathetic medical personnel would respond.  No wonder it is considered a violation of international law.

Added to the “necessary” force is the gratuitous violence that hostile guards and medical personnel may inflict.  And hostile they are.  We have received recent reports from two prisons of guards unnecessarily tightening handcuffs to inflict pain and provoke a response.  “Just sign a Do Not Resuscitate Order so you can die,” one prison doctor told a hunger striker. …

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Check Out My Audio Book I Narrated- Lock Up Diaries by Glenn Langohr. You get a free 5 minutes to listen to. Let me know how it is. I’m narrating my newest prison thriller and could use any feedback. Of course if the free 5 minutes makes you buy it, please leave a review! Here’s the link- http://www.amazon.com/Lock-Up-Diaries-Inside-Killers/dp/B009UX5NYG/ref=sr_1_10?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1350947457&sr=1-10&keywords=glenn+langohr

 

On another note, I found out on goodreads that I have over 15 reviews for my drug war novel Roll Call that took me 7 years of prison time to write. I always check my Amazon reviews and had assumed any on goodreads would of course be on Amazon as well. Another lesson in assuming anything. That lesson feels similar to the one about expectations…

 

Here’s one of the new reviews for Roll Call- Roll Call (Glenn Langohr) Glen Langohr gives you a true analysis of what it’s like to get caught up on the wrong side of the law. An extremely fascinating book filled with honesty about the world of drugs and prison. The suspense Glen Langohr creates is suspenseful, exciting and real. I recommend this book to young readers in hopes some will find it helpful within their own lives.

 

To check out all of my ( Glenn Langohr ) drug war and prison books in print, audio or kindle go here- http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00571NY5A