In August, The Rage Monthly received a letter from a gay prisoner at Pleasant Valley State Prison in California. The letter can be described best as a plea for help following alleged inhumane treatment by corrections officers. The prisoner claimed that corrections officers were using the public address system and bullhorns to encourage inmates to beat and brutalize gay and transgender prisoners in Building 1 of D Yard. He named a particular senior corrections officer as the main instigator of the alleged assaults. The prisoner also charged that gay and transgender prisoners were being denied food and basic hygiene, including access to showers, and he further claimed that corrections officers had destroyed the mail of gay and transgender prisoners. Even more disturbingly, the letter went on to allege that gay and transgender inmates were assigned more work details and were being thrown in the Security Housing Unit (SHU), also known as “the hole,” simply for their sexual orientation or gender identity. The prisoner stated that if the guards knew that he’d written this letter, they would retaliate, a claim that is being taken very seriously by my editors, elected officials and me.
Continue reading @ HuffPost
By Todd Krainin
“Why lock somebody up while you’re locked up? You’re trying to kill their spirit even more,” says Michael Kemp, describing his six-month stay in solitary confinement at age 17.
Solitary confinement was once a punishment reserved for the most-hardened, incorrigible criminals. Today, it is standard practice for tens of thousands of juveniles in prisons and jails across America. Far from being limited to the most violent offenders, solitary confinement is now used against perpetrators of minor crimes and children who are forced to await their trials in total isolation. Often, these stays are prolonged, lasting months or even years at a time.
Widely condemned as cruel and unusual punishment, long-term isolation for juveniles continues because it’s effectively hidden from the public. Research efforts by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition have struggled to uncover even the most basic facts about how the United States punishes its most vulnerable inmates.
How can a practice be both widespread and hidden? State and federal governments have two effective ways to prevent the public from knowing how deep the problem goes.
The first has to do with the way prisons operate. Sealed off from most public scrutiny, and steeped in an insular culture of unaccountability, prisons are, by their very nature, excellent places to keep secrets. Even more concealed are the solitary-confinement cells, described by inmates as “prisons within prisons.” With loose record-keeping and different standards used by different states, it’s almost impossible to gather reliable nation-wide statistics.
The second method is to give the old, horrific punishment a new, unobjectionable name. Make the torture sound friendly, with fewer syllables and pleasant language. This way, even when abuse is discovered, it appears well-intentioned and humane.
So American prisons rarely punish children with prolonged solitary confinement. Instead, they administer seclusion and protective custody. Prison authorities don’t have to admit that “administrative segregation” is used to discipline children. Just the opposite, actually. It’s all being done “for their own protection.”
Seclusion? Protecting children? Who could argue with that?
For starters, there is Juan Mendez, the United Nations special rapporteur on torture. Americans are accustomed to the U.N. investigating incidents of prisoner abuse in other countries – which Mendez has done in faraway places like Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. But increasingly, his inquiries are focused on American prisons.
Mendez spoke publicly about Bradley Manning’s deplorable treatment in solitary confinement. Now he is calling on the United States to ban isolation for minors, which he considers, “cruel, unusual, and degrading punishment.” It’s a recommendation he shares with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology.
The ACLU report, Growing Up Locked Down, is one of the few detailed, comprehensive examinations available. This devastating and detailed look at solitary confinement for minors has led to this online petition that will be presented to Attorney General Eric Holder in October 2013.
Because the prison system is so opaque, reform has been slow in coming. A congressional hearing on solitary confinement, chaired by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) last year, heard testimony from mental health experts, questioned the director of federal prisons, and brought a replica of a solitary confinement cell onto the Senate floor. In recent years, seven states – Maine, Connecticut, West Virginia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Alaska – have enacted laws to restrict the use of punitive isolation on young people. As awareness of the magnitude of the problem grows, more reforms are likely to follow.
If we believe that juveniles are inherently less responsible for their actions than adults – and more susceptible to rehabilitation – then it follows that their punishments should be less severe.
Given the severity of the punishment, prohibiting solitary confinement for young people is a first step. The greatest challenge remains demanding greater transparency from a prison system that wields total control over its most vulnerable inmates.
Continue Reading on page 2 @ Reason
- Ban Solitary Confinement for Prisoners Under 18 (forcechange.com)
- For Their Own Protection”: Children in Long-Term Solitary Confinement (theobamacrat.com)
Had to repost and share with you all….
By Michael Wood
ANOTHER PRISON SYSTEM (FOR YOU AND ME)
Sparked by the policy of solitary confinement in prisons, with some reports of prisoners being kept there for decades, many prisoners have engaged in a hunger strike to protest their brutal treatment at the hands of the State. Kept in conditions which have been known to cause mental illness, depression, suicide, and extreme alienation from society, prisoners have decided that they will no longer silently tolerate being treated like animals.
Of course the state of California will not allow this to go on. Nothing says bad publicity like dozens of dead prisoners who would rather starve themselves to death than face even more time in such brutal punishment. California has recently begun force-feeding prisoners who refuse to eat, violating a very basic human right: the right to control your own body within the bounds of the law.
The need for reform in the face of treatment like this is clear. When violent offenders are caged like animals in hopes of punishing them rather than rehabilitating them, when non-violent offenders are forced to endure overcrowding and abuse comparable to that seen in refugee camps, we have to question, what exactly is wrong with our justice system. In the past 40 years, wehavefacedawaroncrimeandawaron drugs, and where has it gotten us? It has gotten us the highest incarceration rate in
the world, even higher than China. We have ended up with privatized prisons, prisons run for profit by independent companies who have an incentive to lock as many people up, guilty or not, as they can. We are facing the greatest humanitarian crisis in the United States since the civil rights movement and the mainstream media hardly even acknowledges it.
In the United States, we have a faulty idea that all transgressions must be punished and that the threat of punishment is enough to subdue the threat of crime. This is simply false; we can see it on the streets today. If criminals were able to evaluate risks and rewards as well as normal people, they would not commit most crimes. Even in the heat of the moment or when perception is altered by drugs,thisisnotarealisticexpectationof even the most good and rational people.
I stand with those striking in the prisons today, nearing their second month of the hunger strike because they are asking for something so simple and so decent that their past decisions shouldn’t even be brought into consideration. They are asking to end the torture and punishment and begin rehabilitation. No, they are not asking to be let loose on the streets immediately, they are willing to serve the remainder of their sentences, given that they are not tortured further. This is perfectly reasonable and should be granted without a second thought, yet, in this environment where submission to authority is more important than personal progress or rehabilitation, it is thought to be ridiculous to give in to these requests. Well fuck, just call me ridiculous then for thinking that prisoners are people too.
Via Union Weekly
- Day 50 – Statement from the Mediation Team (prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com)
- U.S. Urged to Abolish Use of Prolonged or Indefinite Solitary Confinement as Almost 200 California Inmates Enter Fifth Week of Hunger Strike (lawprofessors.typepad.com)
- California governor proposes $315 million plan to ease prison overcrowding (reuters.com)
- Dozens of California prisoners hospitalized after 40 days of hunger strike (rt.com)
- The Architecture of Incarceration: Can Design Affect the Prison System? (archdaily.com)
Guantanamo In California: Federal judge grants California permission to force-feed inmates on hunger strike20 Aug
Chino State Prison, US (AFP Photo)
A US federal judge ruled that state and federal prison officials in California will be allowed to start force-feeding inmates participating in a nearly two-month-long hunger strike, if the prisoners appear to be approaching their death.
The California Department of Corrections, in conjunction with federal officials, requested the permission on Friday, saying they were concerned about the health of approximately 70 inmates who have refused meals since July 8. Roughly 130 inmates across California remain on hunger-strike, protesting the policy of isolating gang leaders and violent offenders in solitary confinement indefinitely.
Prison officials already have the power to compel inmates to eat, although that process requires a court order for each individual. Monday’s court order, signed by US District Judge Thelton Henderson, allows the Department of Corrections to skip the case-by-case scenario and instead force-feed all inmates, including those who recently signed legally-binding “do not resuscitate” (DNR) requests.
The demonstration initially included 30,000 of the 133,000 prisoners in California. Under current prison policy, inmates are allowed to starve to death if they refuse their food and have signed DNR requests, AP reported.
The so-called “refeeding” process involves feeding prisoners intravenous fluids through their noses and into their stomachs. Judge Henderson instructed officials to act only if the chief medical executive at a facility determines a hunger striker is at risk of “near-term death or great bodily injury.”
Continue Reading @ RT News
- Calif. wins federal judge’s approval to feed hunger-strike inmates (sacbee.com)
- Request granted to force-feed California inmates on weeks-long hunger strike (theprovince.com)
- California hunger strike: judge approves force-feeding (theguardian.com)
- California to force-feed prisoners (bbc.co.uk)
California governor Jerry Brown is sticking up for California prisons, even though federal judges point out a lack of clean water and underwear, not to mention inmate deaths. See Governor Brown sing his blues while the biggest inmate hunger strike in California history continues. A Mark Fiore political animation.
**many people have contacted me stating that the article title is misleading as Mr Sells was housed at Corcoran and not Pelican Bay- my response has been that the article states he passed at Corcoran -the blog posters most likely did not have the room to include any more character. I have corrected the title here on this post**
We received the following letter just this morning. We deeply morn the loss of ‘Guero,’ the first to die in the hunger strike. He died for more than himself. Killed by his conditions, by this system, we remember him.
It is with a heavy heavy heart I bring you the news that a hunger striker housed in 4B-3L of the Corcorcan SHU, named Billy Michael Sell, more commonly known as ‘Guero’, died on Monday the 22nd of July. I spoke with several prisoners today about him, some that knew him very well and they were very somber and concerned. The prisoners say, “Billy died because of the Hunger Strike”. That he was “strong, was a good person, a good soldier” and that the allegations by CDCR that this was a suicide are, “completely out of character for him and that he wasn’t like that” Several guys stated, “No one believes he killed himself” He was supposedly going without water as well as food and may have had other health issues, that is unknown. As stated below, Guero is reported to have started asking for medical attention around the 15th or 16th of July, in which he did not receive and died 4 days later. He is from Riverside but none of the guys knew how to contact his family.
Here is more about him from a letter drafted for the Statewide Medical Executive, Dr. Tharrett:
“We have confirmed that CDCR claims that Billy Sell, P41250, age 32, housed in the Security Housing Unit, allegedly took his own life on July 22, 2013.
According to information we have gathered, Mr. Sell was not under care for mental illness at the time of his death. According to other inmates near his cell, he had been requesting medical attention “for a few days” and had not received it by July 22. The other prisoners who knew Billy confirmed that he was on the hunger strike and said it would be very strange and uncharacteristic of him to take his own life. Inmates said that the guards reported he had hanged himself. The other prisoners doubt the veracity of that story.
So the time has come that we were dreading but also trying to prepare for. No matter how Billy died, his life mattered and I believe that we as a coalition need to respond. I would like to suggest that we do some kind of vigil/press conference/rally at the CDCR building in Oakland, unless that was already being organized. Of course we can talk about this at Mondays meeting but I really think we should start thinking of ideas now.
I know that the mediation team is preparing look into further investigation on the legal front, so we will see what happens with that. In the meantime of any of your loved ones/correspondents/etc. are housed at Corcoran in 4B-3L and they may have some info about this, have known him, heard him requesting medical attention, please let us know.
I hope you all are well and with someone you love
In honor and respect of Billy ‘Guero’ Sell.
Yolanda Santoya from the Los Angeles dance group La Cuauhtemoc performs the opening ceremony before a large group marches to Corcoran State Prison in support of prison inmates holding a statewide hunger strike. (GARY KAZANJIAN / EPA / July 13, 2013)
July 27, 2013, 2:40 p.m.
A state prison inmate who had participated in the statewide hunger strike has died, apparently by hanging himself in his isolation cell, state corrections officials said Saturday.
The death of the 32-year-old man occurred Monday in the segregation unit at California State Prison near Corcoran, but was not confirmed by state corrections officials until after The Times learned of it from inmate advocacy groups. Conditions in those isolation units are the core focus of a hunger strike that began July 8 and is now in its 20th day with 601 inmates continuing to refuse meals.
State officials refused Saturday to name the prisoner because they said they could not verify that his family members had been contacted. Spokeswoman Terry Thornton said the man was found unresponsive in his cell, and pronounced dead in the prison’s hospital. She said he was serving a double-life sentence from Solano County for attempted first-degree murder and was pending trial for the murder of his cellmate in 2007, also at Corcoran.
The Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition, representing a number of inmate advocacy organizations, identified the inmate as Billy “Guero” Sell.
A spokeswoman for the court-appointed agency that runs prison healthcare services, Joyce Hayhoe, said the man “may have been originally on the hunger strike and then went off.”
No mention of the death was included in medical reports the receiver’s office has provided during the strike. Hayhoe said it did not appear the inmate remained part of the hunger strike protest at that time.
The death also was not reported to advocates for protesting prisoners who met with top corrections officials Tuesday, the lead mediator for that group said. Laura Magnani, with American Friends Service Committee in San Francisco, said other prisoners said the inmate had unsuccessfully sought medical attention before his death.
“This is extremely disturbing news, not only because someone is dead, but because he had tried to get medical help and had been on hunger strike,” Magnani said. “The complacency of the department about the seriousness of the prisoners’ commitment, and the prisoners’ desperation about their plight is shocking.”
The lead lawyer for California prisoners in the federal case over prison mental health care and suicides said his office had been notified of the death. Michael Bien said the inmate did not appear to have received mental health services while in prison. Bien already is asking a federal judge to order California to screen prisoners held in isolation for mental illness, and to exclude the mentally ill from those units.
- CA inmate dies in solitary cell amid hunger strike (sandiego6.com)
- CA Prisoners Starving for Change (publicnewsservice.org)
- California Prison Hunger Strike: ‘It’s An Absolute Madhouse’ (newamericamedia.org)
- Cal Prison Hunger Strike Updates & Phone Nos to Call (indybay.org)
- California State Prisoners resume Hunger Strike of 2011 (prisonmovement.wordpress.com)
A must read, don’t miss, hard hitting, honest and in-depth look at life and the men inside Pelican Bay State Prison.
Officer Jesse Carlson delivers dinner to inmates in their cells at a solitary confinement unit at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, Calif., Feb. 9, 2012. Nearly 29,000 inmates in California state prisons refused meals for the third day Wednesday, July 10, 2013, during a protest of prison conditions and rules. (Photo: Jim Wilson / The New York Times)
The Pelican Bay Hunger Strike has resumed today garnering support from all over the United States and even internationally. Keep updated with the latest news on the strikers at the PHSS Blog…
Reblogged from Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity:
“The principal prisoner representatives from the PBSP SHU Short Corridor Collective Human Rights Movement do hereby present public notice that our nonviolent peaceful protest of our subjection to decades of indefinite state-sanctioned torture, via long term solitary confinement will resume today, consisting of a hunger strike/work stoppage of indefinite duration until CDCR signs a legally binding agreement meeting our demands, the heart of which mandates an end to long-term solitary confinement (as well as additional major reforms).
Our decision does not come lightly. For the past (2) years we’ve patiently kept an open dialogue with state officials, attempting to hold them to their promise to implement meaningful reforms, responsive to our demands. For the past seven months we have repeatedly pointed out CDCR’s failure to honor their word—and we have explained in detail the ways in which they’ve acted in bad faith and what they need to do to avoid the resumption of our protest action.
On June 19, 2013, we participated in a mediation session ordered by the Judge in our class action lawsuit, which unfortunately did not result in CDCR officials agreeing to settle the case on acceptable terms. While the mediation process will likely continue, it is clear to us that we must be prepared to renew our political non-violent protest on July 8th to stop torture in the SHUs and Ad-Segs of CDCR.
Thus we are presently out of alternative options for achieving the long overdue reform to this system and, specifically, an end to state-sanctioned torture, and now we have to put our lives on the line via indefinite hunger strike to force CDCR to do what’s right.
We are certain that we will prevail…. the only questions being: How many will die starvation-related deaths before state officials sign the agreement?
The world is watching!”
While the CDCR has claimed to have made reforms to its SHU system—how a prisoner ends up in the solitary units, for how long, and how they can go about getting released into the general population—prisoners’ rights advocates and family members point out that the CDCR has potentially broadened the use of solitary confinement, and that conditions in the SHUs continue to constitute grave human rights violations. The California prison system currently holds over 10,000 prisoners in solitary confinement units, with dozens having spent more than 20 years each in isolation. Conditions in Pelican Bay State Prison’s SHU sparked massive waves of hunger strikes in 2011 that saw the participation of 12,000 prisoners in at least a third of California’s 33 prisons.
Demands Across the System
When prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison’s Security Housing Unit declared their Peaceful Protest would resume July 8th 2013, if their demands weren’t met by the CDCR and Governor of California, they also encouraged their fellow prisoners to take up peaceful actions wherever they were, and to include demands of their own. They said to the CDCR and the Governor:
Expect your offices to also soon be receiving separate demands from all other CDCR male and female prisoner representatives from all security levels [1 through 4] on GPs, Ad-Segs, Death Row and from all other CA SHU prisons who will also join us on the July 08, 2013 HS/WS, if their demands are not met by that deadline. Which will be tailored to their own particular institutional needs…–which we fully support.
Prisoners throughout the system have responded by making demands of their own. Review them below!
- California Prisoners Launch New Hunger Strike to Protest Solitary Confinement (moorbey.wordpress.com)
- New on Truthout: Pelican Bay Two Years Later: Those Still Buried Alive Vowing Hunger Strike “Till the End” (resistancebehindbars.org)
- June 20 Statement From Pelican Bay Short Corridor Collective! (prisonmovement.wordpress.com)
- Support the Hunger Strikers, Sign the Petition! (moorbey.wordpress.com)
- USA: California urged to reform ‘inhumane’ prison units ahead of hunger strike (claimyourinnocence.wordpress.com)
- We have always known: CDCr blatant disregard…. (prisonmovement.wordpress.com)
- Female inmates sterilized in California prisons without approval (prisonmovement.wordpress.com)
In this Mother’s Day tribute, law professor and advocate Sheila Bedi learns how “having a child is like letting your heart walk around outside your body.”
(Image: Hand holding fence via Shutterstock)
When I was a teenager, my mother posted this quote on her mirror: “having a child is like letting your heart walk around outside your body.” Back then, the sentiment made me roll my eyes, but even then I knew I had an exceptional mother. She is fierce, yet gentle, demanding, supportive and self-sacrificing. My mother taught me to feel deeply, think rigorously and to find my own voice and use it loudly. I’ve carried a piece of my mother and her teachings into my work as an attorney and activist who works with and for people caught up in the criminal justice system. And I recognize my own mother’s fierceness and love in so many of the mothers I have worked with over the years – the mothers of children and young people who are imprisoned in this country’s prisons and jails.
I’m talking about mothers like Mrs. W. I represented her fifteen year old son, who was locked up in a maximum security adult prison. One day she and I drove together to the prison to meet with the Warden to discuss her son’s education. Once we arrived, the security staff wanted to shake her down – remove her head scarf, shake out her bra. I tried to put a stop to the intrusive and humiliating search, but Mrs. W. told me to fall back – she told me that the prison staff had her baby’s life in their hands and she wasn’t about to piss them off over her head scarf and a pat down. She directed me to save my fire for what mattered – protecting her son.
Mothers like Mrs. G., who testified before the state legislature about seeing the light going out in her fourteen year old son’s eyes after he spent months in solitary confinement. She told lawmakers about the pain and powerlessness she felt as she watched her son endure tortuous conditions in a juvenile prison. She channeled her pain into working to protect other children who were imprisoned in abusive prisons.
Let’s be clear about who these mothers’ children are. The vast majority of young people who end up behind bars are there because of non-violent offenses. They are overwhelming poor and come from communities of color. Communities where schools look more and more like jails. Communities targeted by prisons run on the cheap by corporations that exist solely to enrich shareholders.
Private prison companies only make money when they ensure that the revolving door to and from prison remains well-greased. Mass incarceration and the war on drugs have ravaged many of the communities these mothers and their children came from. But even in the face of these realities, many of these communities have developed strength and resilience: a deep faith, a strong sense of interconnectedness and family. My experience has been that when one looks to find the source of this strength – it’s the mothers. Watching each other’s children, attending a know-your-rights meeting in between working all day and getting dinner on the table, calling 100 phone numbers to find an advocate who can help her help her child. It’s the mothers who end up holding it all together.
After well over ten years of representing people who are locked up, I have had the privilege to know many mothers who move heaven and earth to fight for their children. Too often these mothers must fight against a criminal justice system that targets black and brown youth. Mothers who save and scrimp and travel hundreds of miles to visit their children behind bars for an hour a week. Mothers who endure in the face of learning that their children survived the unspeakable abuse that is endemic to our nation’s prisons and jails: sexual violence, prolonged shackling, months in solitary confinement, beatings, stabbings. I could go on and on listing the tortuous conditions that exist in this nation’s prisons and jails. Much of that story has already been told in lawsuits and consent decrees. What remains untold and largely ignored, is the strength and resilience of the people who lived through these abuses – the children and young people, their families and communities. And the mothers. Especially the mothers.
After spending over a decade working with mothers like Mrs. G. and Mrs. W. and after having many conversations with my own mother about the pain and the joy of mothering, I thought I had an understanding about what it meant to be a mother. And then a year ago, I became a mother myself. And I realized that I had no idea. None.
Motherhood is hard and wonderful and terrifying and humbling. During this past year, I’ve struggled to become the kind of mother my son deserves, I’ve thought often about the mothers I’ve known. The best part of my day is when I rock my baby boy to sleep, and I whisper to him: you are safe, you are loved, and I can’t wait to see how you’re going to love the world back. I simply do not know how I could keep breathing if he wasn’t safe. If he ever had to endure the conditions endured by the imprisoned children I’ve worked with and for. Yet, because of the United States’ addiction to incarceration, millions of mothers do it every day. They not only keep breathing – but they keep fighting. These mothers leave me in awe.
Continue Reading @ TruthOut
- Group bangs the drums for imprisoned mothers (newsobserver.com)
- The Ten Worst Prisons in America (prisonmovement.wordpress.com)
- keeping mothers and children together (writinginsidevt.com)
- U.S. v. My Mommy: Evaluation of Prison Nurseries as a Solution for Children of Incarcerated Women (socialchangenyu.com)
- How prison keeps many Americans locked into poverty (tv.msnbc.com)
- Bonding Through Bars: The Health And Human Rights Of Incarcerated Women by Samantha Sarra (zcommunications.org)
- What is Mother’s Day like in Prison??? (notesfromaninsider.com)
Tens of thousands of people imprisoned in the US are being subjected to torturous, inhumane conditions.
· Held in long term solitary confinement; locked in tiny, windowless, sometimes sound proof, cells; cut off from fresh air and sunlight for 22-24 hours every day and given small portions of food that lacks basic nutritional requirements.
· Denied human contact and violently taken from their cells for petty violations.
· Put in solitary arbitrarily, often because of accusations of being members of prison gangs based on dubious evidence, and have no way to challenge the decisions of prison authorities to place them in solitary.
Many are forced to endure these conditions for months, years and even decades! Mental anguish and trauma often results from being confined under these conditions. Locking people down like this amounts to trying to strip them of their humanity.
These conditions fit the international definition of torture! This is unjust, illegitimate and profoundly immoral. WE MUST JOIN IN AN EFFORT TO STOP IT, NOW!
People imprisoned at Pelican Bay State Prison in California have called For a Nation-wide Hunger Strike to begin on July 8, 2013. They have also issued a call for unity among people from different racial groups, inside and outside the prisons. People who are locked down in segregation units of this society’s prisons, condemned as the “worst of the worst,” are standing up against injustice, asserting their humanity in the process. We must have the humanity to hear their call, and answer it with powerful support!
A Nation-wide and World-wide Struggle Needs to Be launched NOW to bring an End to this widespread Torture Before those in the Prisons Are Forced to Take the Desperate step of going on hunger strikes and putting their lives on the line!
To the Government: We Demand an Immediate End to the Torture and Inhumanity of Prison House America – Immediately Disband All Torture Chambers. Meet the demands of those you have locked down in your prisons!
To People in this Country and Around the World: We Cannot Accept, and We Should Not Tolerate This Torture. Join The Struggle to End Torture in Prisons Now!
To Those Standing Up in Resistance Inside The Prisons: WE SUPPORT YOUR CALL FOR UNITY IN THIS FIGHT, AND WE WILL HAVE YOUR BACKS!
June 21, 22 and 23 Will Be Days of Solidarity With the Struggle to End Prison Torture! There will be protests, cultural events, Evenings of Conscience, sermons in religious services, saturation of social media – all aimed at laying bare the ugly reality of wide spread torture in US prisons and challenging everyone to join in fighting to STOP it.
Send Your endorsements (name . and if you wish, organization and/or title, to:
For more information and to join in this struggle contact the Stop Mass Incarceration Network at:
- The Horrifying Existence Of Solitary Confinement (asolitarytorture.wordpress.com)
- 9 Petitions Fighting Solitary Confinement (lockupreform.com)
- Support Pelican Bay SHU Prisoners’ Five Core Demands (hunger strike) (stopsolitary.wordpress.com)