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We are the answer

By Lovell Oates

Contributing Commentator

Reading the article “Another Long Summer” (MSR, July 17, 2014) by Charles Hallman, it seems that everyone has an answer on how to solve the problem of violence in the community. What became very clear to me was the people (mainly the youth) whom the problem affects the most were missing from the meeting. Plus, the people (ex-prisoners) who can give the most insight on how to stop or help were missing from the meeting. Is this by design or accident? Being older and wiser, to me  it seems to be by design. Continue Reading →

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Minnesota injustice

By Lovell Oates

Contributing Writer

Conclusion of a two-part column

Last week, four of six facts of innocence, this week the concluding two. Fifth, my appeals attorney Michael Davis, was informed of all the above facts [in last week’s column] and was told that I needed to see the brief before placing it into the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Yet it was submitted without me reading it first. And when this was mentioned to him, he stated that he didn’t know any rule that required that. But it’s called being a consumer. Continue Reading →

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Minnesota injustice

By Lovell Oates

Contributing Writer

 

I am looking for a lawyer, community leader, and/or activist that will pursue justice or help correct injustice without fear and be willing to be courageous in uncovering the truth because everyone I have on my case up to this point has been unwilling or afraid to present the clear facts that will demonstrate my innocence. First, there is exculpatory evidence that was never released or shown to me, such as the video tape evidence. There was video evidence mentioned in discovery from the South Beach night club itself and closed circuit video from a security video company “Positive I.D.” There was never an interview presented in discovery from any employees from this company. Plus, there was video from the Target Center, Target Center parking ramp, Dolphin Temp Services, the parking ramp on Fifth and Nicollet behind the old NSP building and the City Center on Seventh street all in downtown Minneapolis. Also, there was never any interview presented in discovery concerning these places. Continue Reading →

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Questions for Commissioner of Department Of Corrections Tom Roy

By Lovell Oates

Contributing Writer

 

1. With over 600 people in the County jails, why haven’t you re-activated Department of Corrections (DOC) policy 106.202 (Good Time) and make it retro-active for everyone that has completed all their mandates and directives? 2. Why not let inmates who have been incarcerated 10 years on their sentence with no more than seven years until their scheduled release date (SRD), and that are able to have proof of a job and a stable residence, completed all directives and mandates, completed at least two DOC programs or educational programs such as completing a GED, A.A., A.A.S., or technical certificates, be released on home monitoring under DOC policy, which doesn’t stipulate an amount of time? Also, the inmate would be able to pay for the monitoring (DOC policy 206.101). Continue Reading →

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I remember when the community supported us

By Lovell Oates
Contributing Writer

 

Conclusion of a series

Last week: If the bridge is not built to reconnect these [incarcerated] brothers…in the end, the work being done in the community will become more difficult because a chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link.  

I remember when Joe and Tyrone were outcast in the community and brothers and sisters would check their behavior. In fact, their families wouldn’t allow it. I talk about Joe and Tyrone in terms of being incarcerated, yet we all know the community is full of these types of brothers that have never been to jail, which makes it worse for the simple fact that the brother in jail at least has a chance to evaluate his situation. Joe and Tyrone, in the free world, don’t even know that they are clowns and fools because it’s normal to everyone around them. Continue Reading →

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By Lovell Oates
Contributing Writer

 

Second in a series
 
Last week: I remember these things because the times were very different in these institutions when the community would stop by and check on us. Those memories were from around 12 years ago, that’s about how long it’s been since I have seen people from my community come in and give the pure unadulterated truth.  

I know some people will read this and are like, ”Hell no! I helped Joe the first five times he got out of jail, then, he went next door and stole Mrs. Johnson’s TV.” We must understand these are no strange happenings. It is by design that Joe and other clowns like him are released on the community continuously. Continue Reading →

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First in a series

 

By Lovell Oates

Contributing Writer

On February 7 and 8 there was an African American history celebration held at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Lino Lakes. During the two days there were several prolific and amazing speakers and performers, such as Pastor Arthur Agnew; Portia McClain, professor of African language at the U of M; Tracey Williams-Dillard of the Spokesman Recorder; Barbara Epps, Bush Fellowship ACES; Angela Stewart, gospel singer; Michelle Horovitz of Appetite for Change; and storytellers Mr. and Mrs. Zulu. These speakers and singers delivered a message of knowledge of self and redemption to the lost and misguided men. Also, these very same messages were words of inspiration and affirmation for men that already had knowledge of self and understand their purpose in life. As I sat in the front row being inspired and affirmed, I began to think it has been a very long time since I’ve felt this good while incarcerated, if ever. Continue Reading →

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