Wrongfully returned to SHU: Maximum security is no place for rehabilitation

  by Shavougue A. Mason Please allow me to begin by paying respects to all those who participated in and supported the hunger strikes, both outside and behind enemy lines. I also want to pay homage and offer my condolences to the families of the brave men who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the cause […]

Two years after Ashker v. Governor of California: More work to be done

We marked the two-year anniversary of the historic settlement of Ashker v. Governor of California, which put an end to indefinite solitary confinement in California, by asking the court to extend the terms of the settlement by one year. In our motion, filed with co-counsel Nov. 20, 2017, we noted that substantial reforms are still needed and […]

Two Years After Historic Settlement Ending Indefinite Solitary Confinement in CA, CCR Details Ongoing Violations, Releases Report Showing Lasting Consequences of SHU Post-Release

New Filing Seeks One-Year Extension of Court Monitoring Based on Violations   NEW YORK and PALO ALTO – Two years after the historic settlement of Ashker v. Governor of California marked the end of indefinite solitary confinement in California, the Center for Constitutional Rights and co-counsel filed a motion to extend the terms of the settlement by […]

Folsom ASU protesters, dispersed and persecuted, suspend hunger strike, appeal for support inside and out

A swift salute to all of the supporters and those concerned with the ongoing fight to reform CDCR’s ASUs by Anthony Joel Estrada On May 28, 2017, I was “special” transferred under a warden-to-warden agreement to DVI’s ASU (Administrative Segregation Unit). This was done in retaliation for alerting the public to the conditions of confinement […]

Have anti-Muslim sentiments arrived in prison?

by Kevin D. Sawyer The Central California Intelligence Center received a Suspicious Activity Report from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in 2010. A guard reported that he conducted a search of two inmates’ cells. “Both inmates are Muslims who appear to have radical Islamic views. Both inmates have since been placed in our […]

Losing direction: The abysmal history of mental health care at Pelican Bay State Prison

by Mariposa McCall From 2010-2011, while working as a contract psychiatrist for the California Department of Corrections and rehabilitation (CDCr) providing supportive therapy and medication management for San Quentin State Prison (SQSP) inmates, I was inspired by the resilience of the human spirit and reminded of our shared humanity. When I returned to CDCr in […]

Old Folsom prisoners hunger strike for their 8th Amendment right – freedom from cruel and unusual punishment

by Ann Garrison KPFA Weekend News, broadcast May 27, 2017 “Administrative segregation” is prison bureaucratize for solitary confinement. On Thursday, prisoners in  solitary at California’s Old Folsom State Prison went on hunger strike for their Eighth Amendment right to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment. Anthony Estrada, a prisoner writing for the strikers in […]

PHRM: Our Fifth Year to the Agreement To End Hostilitiez: Recognize Our Humanity!

Our Fifth Year to the “Agreement To End Hostilities” Thereby Governor Brown, CDCr Secretary Kernan: Recognise Our Humanity! We are within our 5th Year of the August 2012 historical document “AGREEMENT TO END HOSTILITIES.” followed by the PHRM’s third and the largest Hunger Strike within the State of California and equally larger then any Hunger […]

Surveillance Cameraz in Prison a Double-Edged Sword

by a California prisoner         permalink   Greetings to everyone at MIM. I am a prisoner held captive here at High Desert State Prison, in Susanville, California. I’m writing to inform the people of this new and improved form of repression tactic hidden behind the name of public safety and security. An investigative […]

CDCr must effect genuine changez in itz old policiez, culture and practicez

by Baridi and Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa As always, allow us to begin by paying our respects to the families who lost their loved ones during the historic California hunger strikes. Prior to the solidarity hunger strikes, the four principal negotiators, Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, Arturo Castellanos, George Franco and Todd Ashker, found ourselves locked inside Pelican […]