Missouri prisonerz in solitary confinement follow California’z lead, begin hunger strike

by Shyheim El-Mumin I am a prisoner being held captive here in the state of Missouri at the Potosi Correctional Center’s Ad-Seg (Administrative Segregation, a form of solitary confinement) unit. Since my arrival here on Aug. 9, 2012, I’ve been a target for harassment. This is my fourth time here. An aerial view of Potosi Correctional […]

Testimony of Everett D. Allen, M.D., former chief physician and surgeon at Pelican Bay State Prison, to US Senate Judiciary hearing

  To the United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights Dear Sen. Dick Durbin, Ranking Member Sen. Lindsey Graham and Senators: I worked at Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP), California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), from 1999 to September of 2006 as a “physician and surgeon,” including from July 2000 […]

Alone Inside: Solitary confinement a growing issue in Canadian, U.S. prisons

Solitary Cell at Alcatraz. Photo credit: Richard Cassan via photopin cc Listen   People who have experienced ‘administrative segregation’ weigh in on its long-term effects When the concept of solitary confinement was first implemented in the early 19th century, the idea was not to punish the prisoner, but to give him space to reflect and […]

New Directive May Curtail Use of Solitary Confinement in Immigrant Detention

By Jean Casella and James Ridgeway http://solitarywatch.com/2013/09/09/new-directive-may-curtail-use-solitary-confinement-immigrant-detention/#more-10984 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last week issued a new “directive” that appears aimed at limiting the use of solitary confinement on individuals held in immigrant detention. The directive is being cautiously celebrated by human rights, civil liberties, and immigrants’ rights groups, who at the same time warn that […]

Hunger strikers, weak and sick, transported 8 hours by bus: ‘Our strength is a reflection of your strength’

by Mutope Duguma Written Aug. 25, 2013 – How long must we continue to suffer? On Aug. 23, 2013, early in the morning, Pelican Bay State Prison Ad Seg (Administrative Segregation) was emptied out and placed on two buses. Every individual on the buses had been on the hunger strike since July 8, 2013, and there […]

Day 49 – Statement from the Mediation Team

by prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity Here we are at Day 49 – what can we say that we haven’t already said? It seems CDCR isn’t doing anything. What are these brave men who have been starving themselves — just a statistic? Is my husband just one of the 50 who’ve been locked up in the SHU for over 25 […]

Hunger striker responds to Corrections Secretary Beard’s op-ed demonizing hunger strikers

by Alfred Sandoval Today I read an op-ed from the L.A. Times by the new secretary of the California Department of Corruption. He gave a one sided view of prison violence by talking about the 11 murders of guards in the three years between 1970 and 1973. Two decades ago, for entertainment, California prison guards would […]

Demands from the San Quentin State Prison Adjustment Center

June 10, 2013     The Black Panther newspaper of Nov. 6, 1971, featured the Adjustment Center Six, later called the San Quentin Six – Hugo “Yogi” Pinell, Willie Sundiata Tate, David Johnson, Luis “Bato” Talamantez, Fleeta Drumgo and Johnny Spain – who were accused of participating in the Black August events of Aug. 21, […]

California Prison Officials Demonize Prisoners by Claiming Hunger Strike a Part of Gang Conspiracy

By: Kevin Gosztola   From Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition flyer “We’re learning more about the large hunger strike going on behind bars of several California prisons,” a local radio station in Fresno, California reported yesterday. “State prison officials say the whole thing was orchestrated by prison gangs in order to sell drugs and make […]

Retaliation Continues Against Hunger Strike, Coalition Refutes CDCR’s Gang Myths

  Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition     Oakland–As the California prison hunger strike enters its 3rd week, reports of retaliation against strikers have increased.  Last week it was reported that prison officials had moved at least 14 strikers from the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at Pelican Bay to Administrative Segregation (Ad-Seg), confiscated confidential legal […]