Solitary Confinement in California Prisons: What Pelican Bay Prisoners Weren’t Allowed to Say to Legislators

By: Friday February 14, 2014 2:32 pm

California permits long-term solitary confinement of prisoners. It is one of at least eight states with prison systems where a practice that is known to cause significant psychological and physical effects is acceptable.

There has been an ongoing push to end solitary confinement in the state.


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

By: Tuesday July 23, 2013 3:25 pm

“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 money.”

Cruel & Unusual Punishment: What if Pelican Bay & Leavenworth Went Organic?

By: Sunday May 6, 2012 6:00 pm

Americans really need to seriously sit down and re-think exactly what we want our prison system to accomplish — rehabilitate crooks so that they can see the error of their ways and become productive members of society again? Or create thugs, psychopaths and terrorists unfit for human company? Or produce pathetic weaklings ground down by a slave-labor system that has made them old far before their time and who will be a burden on society for the rest of their lives?

Pelican Bay Prison Hunger Strike Ends: Prison Strike Leaders Declare It a ‘Success’

By: Friday July 22, 2011 4:31 pm

More than three weeks later and after building up great support from activists, academics, celebrities and others in the US and around the world, the leaders of the prison hunger strike in the Pelican Bay supermax prison have brought an end to their strike and have begun to eat again. They emphasize that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has given them a few good-faith token gestures and that the end of this strike is entirely conditioned on achieving the long-term policy changes that they have demanded.

In Support of the Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers

By: Wednesday July 20, 2011 2:45 pm

Susan Sarandon, Mark Ruffalo, Gloria Steinem, Nawal El Saadawi, David Straithairn and Edward Asner speak out on behalf of the Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers.

Pelican Bay Prisoner Hunger Strike: Prison Staff Not Following Medical Protocol

By: Tuesday July 19, 2011 9:41 am

Even when someone is on a hunger strike medical care should be given. In fact it is critical that there is regular checks as slowly starving can affect other organs and turn south very quickly. This is not happening for the Pelican Bay hunger strikers.

Pelican Bay Hunger Strike Continues as Prisoners Reject Proposal

By: Saturday July 16, 2011 5:36 pm

Organizers now say supporters have a challenge to “match the courage of the hunger strikers” and “effectively pressure the CDCR to immediately negotiate on the standards any negotiation should follow: with the prisoners in good faith, addressing all of the demands, and with the prisoner-approved outside mediation team.”

Pelican Bay Prison Hunger Strike Shines Light on True Character of US Prison System

By: Monday July 11, 2011 4:07 pm

On July 1, 2011, Pelican Bay prisoners began an indefinite hunger strike to protest the conditions in the prison. Across prison-manufactured racial and geographical lines, prisoners came together behind five core demands to force the prison officials to end the use of “group punishment”; abolish a “debriefing policy and the current criteria for determining who is and who isn’t a gang member; comply with the US Commission 2006 Recommendation Regarding an End to Long-Term Solitary Confinement and end conditions of isolation.

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