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Does 22 1/2 Hours Alone in an 8 x 10 Cell Every Day Amount to Torture? Video From Inside Pelican Bay Prison

February 25, 2013 | 7:00 pm

Does 22 1/2 Hours Alone in an 8 x 10 Cell Every Day Amount to Torture? Video From Inside Pelican Bay Prison

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“I haven’t seen the moon since 1998.” That’s inmate Jeremy Beasley, talking to me while sitting–shackled–in an interview room at Pelican Bay State Prison, California’s highest security lockup. Beasley, a convicted murderer, was clearly surprised by my presence—he told me he hadn’t met with a visitor since 1994, when he was incarcerated. It’s not just […]

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Anatomy of a Prison Policy: Document on New Isolation Rules Annotated

March 14, 2012 | 12:24 pm

Anatomy of a Prison Policy: Document on New Isolation Rules Annotated

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Last year hundreds of inmates staged two hunger strikes that spread to 13 prisons in California. The prisoners were protesting conditions in super-maximum security units known as SHUs, where a majority of state prisoners are held in extreme isolation for alleged ties to prison gangs. Last week, the State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation issued […]

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Prison Officials Investigate Inmate Advocates

October 3, 2011 | 11:58 am

Prison Officials Investigate Inmate Advocates

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Originally published on Californiawatch.org Just days after thousands of California inmates renewed a hunger strike, two Bay Area attorneys closely involved in mediation efforts got a surprise: They were under investigation by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for allegations of misconduct and unspecified security threats. The attorneys – Marilyn McMahon, executive director of California […]

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State Officials Warn of Discipline For Inmates on Hunger Strike

September 29, 2011 | 10:12 am

State Officials Warn of Discipline For Inmates on Hunger Strike

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State corrections officials yesterday threatened to discipline thousands of inmates who have resumed a hunger strike over conditions at California’s highest-security lockups. A state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation memo distributed to all state inmates(pdf) said any prisoner participating in the strike would receive disciplinary action “in accordance with the California Code of Regulations.” The […]

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Inmates Vow to Resume Hunger Strike

September 23, 2011 | 8:42 am

Inmates Vow to Resume Hunger Strike

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from California Watch Corrections officials are taking security precautions and gearing up medical staff in response to growing indications that inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison will resume a hunger strike that was suspended July 20. Strike leaders are calling on state inmates to begin refusing state-issued food Monday to protest conditions in controversial Security […]

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Security Housing Units, Extreme Isolation at Heart of Inmate Hunger Strike, is Subject of Hearing

August 23, 2011 | 1:35 pm

Security Housing Units, Extreme Isolation at Heart of Inmate Hunger Strike, is Subject of Hearing

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Corrections officials told state lawmakers today they’re committed to changing the state’s controversial use of isolation units at four prisons, including Pelican Bay. At an Assembly Public Safety Committee hearing, Michael Montgomery reports, legislators pressed prison officials on three main issues: how an inmate is put inside an isolation unit, how long they stay there […]

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January 11, 2011 | 2:52 pm

Pelican Bay, Today and Yesterday

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Somewhere far up the North Coast—well out of sight and out of mind for virtually all of us—is California’s Pelican Bay State Prison. It’s a facility built for the most violent, dangerous inmates in the state prison system. Many of the 3,300 prisoners there are in indefinite isolation. Pelican Bay’s in the news today because […]

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