Thursday, July 18, 2013

CA prison protesters punished

CA prison protesters punished
Lawyers who represent inmates at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison
say 14 inmates who are leading protests at the prison have been put in solitary confinement and stripped of their legal papers. The punishment is part of an effort to crackdown on protests that have taken place throughout the California prison system since July 8. 2,312 California prisoners are taking part in a hunger strike, and 271 are refusing to go to work and classes. Prisoner authorities have revoked protest leaders’ visiting privileges at the Corcoran state prison.

More from around the web:
– Why solitary confinement is
the cruelest punishment a prisoner can suffer (NY Times).

– California prisoners aren’t the only inmates protesting inhumane conditions.
Mos Def underwent the Guantánamo force-feeding procedure to raise awareness for Gitmo hunger-strikers (Guardian).

More From PolicyMic:
Why the California hunger-strikers deserve your support.

How the California prison guards union subverts democracy.