Tag Archives: California

Hunger Strikes, Force Feeds, and Solitary Dreams

While the California prisoners enter their fourth day of hunger strikes, the people of Guantanamo enter their 40th. Meanwhile, Herman Wallace has spent over forty years in solitary confinement in Louisiana. These three aspects, all coming to new awareness this … Continue reading

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Hunger Strikes, Solitary Confinement, and the United Nations Day In Support of Victims

Today marks the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.  It also marks the 12th day of a hunger strike in Georgia prisons to protest the beatings, retaliation, and torture that came as a reaction to the … Continue reading

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Dead Under the “Custody and Care” of…

There are many ways to die in the “custody and care” of the criminal justice system.  We see it seemingly every day in America.  Whether it is an NYPD shooting or an Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) shanking, clearly the government … Continue reading

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California Prisoners on Lockdown in Mississippi

Another reminder that the holiday season is not a global love-fest: this report from All of Us or None: “I was contacted by a number of family members whose loved ones are incarcerated in Tutwiler, Mississippi.  They informed me that … Continue reading

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California to End Funding of Child Prisons: A Window of Opportunity

In 1989, California was spending $600 million to supervise the 23,000 children under the control of California Youth Authority (CYA).  Two thirds of those children were taken from the home and placed in a variety of scenarios, from group homes … Continue reading

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From Narragansett Bay to Pelican Bay, People Stand in Solidarity for Human Rights

On July 1st, 2011, prisoners in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) in Pelican Bay State Prison, CA went on indefinite hunger strike to protest conditions that have been characterized by the UN as “inhumane and degrading.”  Over nearly three weeks … Continue reading

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Prison Town Economics 101: Pelican Bay (Crescent City, CA)

With prisoners in Pelican Bay willing to die rather than endure what is being done to them in the name of “the People of California”, we should pause to consider some basic math.  The following example is a broad illustration … Continue reading

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