Advocates Link Inmate Suicides to Recent Hunger Strike

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Advocates for prisoners involved in the recent hunger strikes are linking three inmate suicides to the unsavory prison conditions that prisoners had been protesting when they refused to eat state-issued meals for several weeks.

The group, Prison Hunger Strike Solidarity, says Johnny Owens Vick and Alex Machado were both confined in the Pelican Bay Security Housing Unit, while Hozel Alanzo Blanchard was confined in the Calipatria Administrative Segregation Unit. All three men recently committed suicide, and the group claims they were all being retaliated against for participating in the hunger strike.
 
However, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation brushed off the allegations, stating that none of the three inmates even participated in either hunger strike -- one that ended in July and the second that ended in September. Vick committed suicide 10 days before the second hunger strike started, according to Terry Thornton, spokeswoman with the CDCR.
"It is troubling that this group, which professes to care about inmates, would fabricate information, label it 'news,' and discredit the men and women who work for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation," Thornton said. "Their claim that CDCR is withholding information is outlandish and irresponsible."

Thousands of inmates went on hunger strike for 20 days in July, claiming prison conditions had become inhumane. They wanted better treatment, more access to sunlight, and demanded the CDCR revise its policies on gang identification. Inmates went on strike again in September until the CDCR issued a memo explaining that it was working on meeting prisoners' demands.

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Abelli
Abelli

Did anybody assume CA DOC would not find an excuse? State followed Russian model establishing Golden Gulag, proud of highest prisoner rate and inhumanity. Two examples:

He's 94, still in prison,and freedom is unlikely. Inmate who uses a walker has been denied parolebecause he poses a 'public safety risk', By J. MICHAEL KENNEDY  LosAngeles Times April 14, 2007 http://www.chron.com/disp/stor...

Loheac's Death Shines Lighton State's Dark Secret, By Bob Fitch, March 8, 2009

http://www.venturacountystar.c...HelenLoheac died Jan. 5 in custody at a Madera hospital. The world will littleremember this 86-year-old, 5-foot- tall, 90-pound lady. Helen had sufferedserious health problems for most of the 17 years she had been incarcerated inthe California Institution for Women in Corona.

No one needs to be upset.

bigriggs
bigriggs

I always thought prison was supposed to be difficult.

Walking Turtle
Walking Turtle

So being forcibly removed from ones' loed ones and normal way of life to be housed in a cage and treated like dirt is not enought for you, my friend?

Hint:  Be careful out there on that two-lane highway, Bre'r Bigriggs.  Like a double-edged sword, that road goes Both Ways.   Once that Ribbon of Darkness falls on you, expect to be tied-up in its' snarls for the rest ofd your natural life.  There is little to no human forgiveness built into American criminal law, unlike in Europe today.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.  And that is alll!  0{:-|o<

bigriggs
bigriggs

"So being forcibly removed from ones' loed ones and normal way of life to be housed in a cage and treated like dirt is not enought for you, my friend?"

Not, it's not enough. They deserve to be treated like shit for the crimes they have commited. I have zero sympathy for anybody complaining about the conditions.

StopTortureinCaliforniaPrison
StopTortureinCaliforniaPrison

And it is difficult,and sometimes if you there is because you commite a crime but what doesn't have to be is Brutality and Torture , JAIL IS TO REHABILITATE THE PERSON OF THEIR MISTAKE .

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