Pelican Bay Hunger Strike Resumes

Categories: Government, Health
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Inmates go on hunger strike ... and not because prison food sucks
Inmates at Pelican Bay state prison are renewing their hunger strike after a short hiatus of eating prison food to protest the "inhumane" conditions, especially when it comes to solitary confinement.

According to the hunger strikers, 513 of the 1,111 prisoners held at Pelican Bay have been in solitary confinement for 10 or more years, and 78 have been held for more than 20 years without access to light or open space for prolonged periods of time.

"What other avenues do prisoners have?" says Laura Magnani, a member of the prisoners' mediation team. "We call on the state of California to move quickly to address the problems of solitary confinement in the state's prisons.

The first strike lasted the month of July, spreading across the state with more than 6,000 inmates participating. Prisoners grew sick and health conditions deteriorated to critical conditions.

The strike has resumed since the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has substantially met the changes outlines in their demands.

Inmates are also claiming that the CDCR is creating a "sham" process to identify gang members to torture them. "Holding people in tiny cells for years on end ... without natural sunlight or human contact, is a clear violation of human rights," says Dolores Canales, the mother of one of the hunger strikers.

It is not yet known how big the strike will be.

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bigriggs
bigriggs

Who cares?

MsInsidious
MsInsidious

LOOOOOOSEEEEER!!!

bigriggs
bigriggs

Why? Is it because I don't care about what happens with these prisoners? They are just bitching about nothing.

Big Deke
Big Deke

What a stupid,ignorant thing to post ,pray that you or any of your loved ones never go to prison and have to feel what others are going through.

AJ Honeylake
AJ Honeylake

Prison can't be so bad if 70% of the people who stay there want to come back, again, and again, and again....

bigriggs
bigriggs

No prblem, I don't hang out with criminals nor is anybody in my family a criminal. Like it or not, some people actually have respect for the laws of this country.

bigriggs
bigriggs

MsInsiduous.....I don't hang out with criminals, never have and never will. My family is not perfect at all, nobody is but I/we do have respect for others and obey laws (a concept that is not that hard to do). Yes I do think people in prison are bad people, so what? I guess you idolize the criminals in prison.

I have no idea what the last part of your post means. What do I hide from? I hide from nothing, I speak my mind and live a very good life.  What do I lie about? Do you think I am lying about any of this? Why would I do that?

MsInsidious
MsInsidious

"i dnt hang out w/criminals, no one in my family are criminals, we are perfect, we respect the law, BLA! BLA! BLA!" U think ppl in prison are Bad Guys? What does that make you? Good!? You just know how to Hide! And Lie!

bigriggs
bigriggs

Look at it this way, if any family member or friend ends up in prison, that's the end of our friendship.

Big Deke
Big Deke

I hate to brake the news to you but there are Doctors,Lawyers,Police officers and people who made bad decisions in life who never hung out with criminals that are in prison so count your blessings and may god have mercy on your miserable soul !

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