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A Look Inside Pelican Bay Prison’s Notorious Isolation Unit

October 4, 2013 | 9:29 am

A Look Inside Pelican Bay Prison’s Notorious Isolation Unit

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Inmates say the units amount to psychological torture. Official say they’re human — and necessary.

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October 18, 2011 | 8:13 am

Raw Video: Freed Iran Hikers Talk to Occupy Oakland, Support Prison Hunger Strikes

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Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer, and Josh Fattal, the three UC Berkeley grads who were taken captive by Iran while hiking near the border, spoke to the Occupy Oakland protesters at their encampment in front of City Hall yesterday. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal also spoke in support of the Pelican Bay prison hunger strikes, drawing […]

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A Tale of 2 Inmates: Gang Lord, Petty Thief Both Wind Up in Windowless Isolation Units

September 15, 2011 | 12:28 pm

A Tale of 2 Inmates: Gang Lord, Petty Thief Both Wind Up in Windowless Isolation Units

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From California Watch One man was a petty thief mistakenly identified as a player in a violent Latino prison gang. The other was a convicted murderer whose numerous assaults behind bars and continuing influence on the streets earned him a reputation as a ruthless gang leader. The fact that both men were locked for years […]

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Prison Officials Say Conditions Will Improve, Inmates Ready to Strike Again

August 18, 2011 | 3:07 pm

Prison Officials Say Conditions Will Improve, Inmates Ready to Strike Again

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By Michael Montgomery [original blog post available at CaliforniaWatch.org] State corrections officials are moving forward with a major policy initiative that could improve conditions and reduce the length of time some inmates spend in controversial isolation units. The changes are being proposed amid threats of another hunger strike by inmates who spearheaded one last month […]

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What Did Prisoners on Hunger Strike Want, What Did They Get?

July 25, 2011 | 3:15 pm

What Did Prisoners on Hunger Strike Want, What Did They Get?

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After most of the state prisoners on a hunger strike ended it last week, attorney Carol Strickman of Legal Services for Prisoners With Children, who represented the demands of the strikers to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, made a statement as to what she thought the strike accomplished. Strickman refers to SHUs — Security […]

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Dept of Corrections Says Hunger Strike at Pelican Bay Prison Over; Interview: Permeation of Gangs in Calif. Prisons

July 21, 2011 | 11:24 am

Dept of Corrections Says Hunger Strike at Pelican Bay Prison Over; Interview: Permeation of Gangs in Calif. Prisons

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The department sent out a statement about 10 minutes ago: SACRAMENTO – Today, Matthew Cate, Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), announced that inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison have ended their hunger strike. “Hunger strikes are a dangerous and ineffective way for prisoners to attempt to negotiate,” Secretary Cate said. […]

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July 20, 2011 | 5:05 pm

Interview: What is the Hunger Strike by California Prisoners About?

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KQED and California Watch reporter Michael Montgomery has extensive experience covering California prisons. I asked him to explain what the hunger strikes are all about, and what triggered them. An edited transcript of our conversation follows the audio below. Michael Montgomery describes what the strike by California prisoners is about Why are prisoners on a […]

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Prisoners on Hunger Strike Show Signs of Starvation, Official Wants to Force-Feed

July 20, 2011 | 11:20 am

Prisoners on Hunger Strike Show Signs of Starvation, Official Wants to Force-Feed

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Hundreds of California prisoners are approaching three weeks on a hunger strike, including a few showing signs of starvation. 
The strike protesting the conditions in Security Housing Units began at Pelican Bay State Prison on July 1, and has since spread to other prisons across the state. Prisoners in SHUs spend 23 hours a day […]

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July 1, 2011 | 2:14 pm

Pelican Bay Prisoners Reportedly on Hunger Strike

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You could call it a “prison within a prison”: a supermax facility so isolating that some inmates say they haven’t seen the night sky in years. Prison reform advocates say that inmates at the Security Housing Unit of California’s Pelican Bay State Prison began a hunger strike this morning, protesting conditions they call inhumane. Officials […]

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Judge Closes Prison Abuse Case After 20 Years

March 22, 2011 | 12:43 pm

Judge Closes Prison Abuse Case After 20 Years

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A legal case that lasted more than two decades and brought systemic changes to California’s prison system has ended. On Monday, a federal judge determined the state corrections department had made sufficient reforms to protect inmates from being abused by guards. Those reforms stemmed from a class-action lawsuit filed in 1990 over claims of widespread […]

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