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Pelican Bay Hunger Strike

Pelican Bay Hunger Strike One Year Later: The Movement Against Solitary Confinement Grows

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
The Center for Constitutional Rights

The problem of long-term solitary confinement is far from fixed -- the cells that have been emptied as men are returned to general population have been filled by others newly transferred into the SHU. The prisoners need our support to finish the job.

When Punishment Is Torture: An Open Letter to Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.

Rev. Ron Stief | Posted 06.09.2014 | Crime
Rev. Ron Stief

I was deeply moved by your efforts to educate prisoners on their rights at the federal prison in North Carolina where you were held before being transferred to Montgomery, Ala. And I wasn't surprised to see those efforts it landed you in solitary confinement.

Quite a Life

Mike Farrell | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
Mike Farrell

It took over 60 years for the Japanese Government to at last acknowledge their "inhuman treatment" and apologize. How many must die before we do the same?

Cruel and Unusual Punishment and the California Prison Hunger Strike

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

Governor Jerry Brown's complete silence on prisoners' demands has caused serious debate and controversy as the globe turns to California to address cruel and unusual punishment and the security housing unit (SHU) in the industrial prison complex.

California Prisoners Starve Themselves to Show Us the Emaciation of Our National Character

Eugene Jarecki | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Eugene Jarecki

Today, we must poignantly modify Eugene Debs' refrain, "while there is a soul in prison who would sooner take his life than cave to the harrowing oppression of a predatory system, I am a participating in that system with my silence and with my next meal eaten as a free man."

An Open Letter to Jerry Brown: Stop the Torture of Solitary Confinement

Carole Travis | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Carole Travis

Today marks the first day of the 4th week of the California Prison Hunger Strike. On July 8 when the prisoners began their hunger strike to call attention to this torture, 30,000 inmates across California stopped eating.

Challenging Punishment: What the California Prisoners Hunger Strike Tells Us About Mass Incarceration

Samuel K. Roberts, PhD | Posted 09.17.2013 | Crime
Samuel K. Roberts, PhD

What the hunger strike highlights -- missed by most of the public -- is the deeply troubling nature of extreme isolation in U.S. penology.

Robin Wilkey

'My Brother Has Seen The Sunlight Four Times In 28 Years' | Robin Wilkey | Posted 07.11.2013 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO -- Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa Dewberry has seen real sunlight only four times in the last 28 years. Dewberry, an inmate at Pelican Bay Sta...

MASSIVE Prison Hunger Strike

Posted 07.10.2013 | Los Angeles

An estimated 30,000 California prison inmates have begun to refuse meals in what could be the largest prison protest in state history. Inmates in t...

Companionship Or Death: The Torture Of Solitary Confinement

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 11.06.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

On any given day in the United States, 80,000 prisoners are held in some form of isolation or solitary confinement. Many prisoners and human rights activists consider this a form of psychological torture -- torture, in our own prisons, in our own country.

Bradley Manning, Solitary Confinement and Occupy 4 Prisoners

Bill Quigley | Posted 04.24.2012 | Crime
Bill Quigley

One of the major complaints of prisoner human rights activists is the abuse of solitary confinement in prisons across the U.S.

California Prisoners Prolong Hunger Strike -- By Eating

Carly Schwartz | Posted 12.03.2011 | San Francisco

When conjuring strategies for surviving a hunger strike, "eating" isn't usually the first thing that comes to mind. But eating is exactly how the t...

'I'm Very Concerned That Prisoners May Die Or Be Seriously Injured'

| Posted 11.29.2011 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Michael Montgomery State corrections officials today threatened to discipline thousand...

ANOTHER Prison Hunger Strike?

| Posted 11.23.2011 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Michael Montgomery Corrections officials are taking security precautions and gearing u...

California Prison Hunger Strike Continues

Posted 09.18.2011 | Los Angeles

Inmates in a third of California's prisons are conducting a hunger strike in protest of solitary confinement policy. Recent reports show that many inm...

Are Gangs Organizing the California Prison Hunger Strike?

Nathan Schneider | Posted 09.18.2011 | San Francisco
Nathan Schneider

On the first day of this month, inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison, joined by inmates in other prisons around the state, began a hunger strike to protest "inhumane and torturous conditions" in the Security Housing Unit.

Pelican Bay Inmates Hunger Strike to Protest Inhumane Solitary Confinement

David Henry Sterry | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics
David Henry Sterry

I first heard about the hunger strike about a week ago. Someone Facebook-ed, tweeted or Google+ed that there was going to be a massive noise-making d...