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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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Hundreds of California Prisoners Could be Transferred From Isolation Units Subject of Strike

October 27, 2011 | 12:02 pm

Hundreds of California Prisoners Could be Transferred From Isolation Units Subject of Strike

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by Michael Montgomery and Sarah Terry-Cobo, California Watch Hundreds of California prisoners locked in stark segregation units could be transferred to regular prison cells under new policies being developed by state corrections officials. The transfers could include inmates who have been held for decades at Pelican Bay State Prison’s windowless Security Housing Unit, which was […]

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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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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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September 27, 2011 | 3:02 pm

Thousands of Prisoners Renew Hunger Strike

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This tweeted about 15 minutes ago by KQED News’ Michael Montgomery: Hunger strike restarting–thousands of Cal inmates refusing meals over harsh conditions, say officials and advocates. — Michael Montgomery (@MichaelMontCW) September 27, 2011 Update 4:10 p.m. The strike has been confirmed by the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation: CDCR confirms thousands of inmates at […]

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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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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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