Prison Radio
Sheik Bilal Abdul Salaam-Bey

This is Bilal Abdul-Salaam Bey, also known as Charley Hughes, inmate at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility in Hutchinson, Kansas.

This is part two, section one of the Kansas Healthcare, Education, Rehabilitation, and Reentry Preparedness bill.

Be it also enacted that, upon the passage of this bill, the director of contracts and programs shall implement a program within the KDOC titled “Education, Rehabilitation, and Reentry Preparedness Program.” And the secretary of corrections shall designate all [inaudible] with the KDOC for this program. Such programs should be made available to all people incarcerated within the KDOC irrespective of sentence, including sentences of life without parole and death which [inaudible] should be abolished in the state of Kansas.

Once enrolled into the ERREP program, a new social/psychological evaluation will be performed along with the case review of the prisoner’s convicted offense. Thereafter an education/rehabilitation curriculum will be made based on the individual needs of the prisoner being evaluated, and a [inaudible] parole date will be set within 30 days.

Capital murder cases. Level one capital murder cases will consist of those people currently convicted of a capital offense and sentenced to death or life without parole with two or more victims, murder of a police officer or a child. These people, eligible for parole, will require special review before parole is granted. Review will involve the governor, a classification specialist, and psychologist of the KDOC, and members of a citizens committee selected by the Free Kansas Movement executive committee. This person, after serving 10 to 15 years, and a form completion of the education/rehabilitation program, will then be eligible for review to be placed in the reentry preparedness phase of the program. Upon successful completion of the reentry preparedness phase, this prisoner would then be eligible for parole upon special review.

Level two capital cases- capital murder cases. Level two offenders consist of those people convicted of a capital offense with one victim and who are currently finished to life without parole. These prisoners will not require special review and will become parole-eligible upon successful completion of the curriculum and after serving the full base-minimum. Level two offenders, after serving 10 years and upon completion of the education/rehabilitation/reentry curriculum, shall then be paroled back to society.

Murder convictions, all other prisoners convicted of murder and sentenced to 60 or more years will receive a base parole range of 7 to 10 years upon completion of their initial review and will be paroled upon completion of education/rehabilitation/reentry preparedness program. Any prisoner convicted for murder is sentenced to life without parole pursuant to the Habitual Felony Offender Act will start with the base parole minimum of 10 years with enhancements available for each prior felony conviction. A prior felony conviction used to enhance but later ruled invalid will be retroactively deducted from the parole date.

This concludes the part two of the Kansas Education Rehabilitation and Reentry Preparedness Program Bill.

Once again, this was Bilal Abdul-Salaam Bey, also known as Charley Hughes. Those wishing to reach me may do so by writing Charley Hughes, C H A R L E Y H U G H E S, Number 96576, Hutchinson Correctional facility, PO Box 1568, Hutchinson, Kansas 67504.

Thank you for your time, effort, and energy.

These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.