Prison Pipeline on 07/22/13
Karen James with Adam Carpinelli, Oregon Jericho, who along with other organizations rallied on July 8th at the Portland Justice Center in solidarity with 30,000 prisoners throughout California who began refusing meals. In 2011 prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City and other California prisons went on a hunger strike to protest inhumane prison conditions including indefinite solitary confinement. Two years later, their demands have not been met. The prisoners’ demands include:
1) Eliminate Group Punishments;
2) Abolish the Debriefing Policy, and Modify ‘Active/Inactive’ Gang Status Criteria;
3) Comply with Recommendations of U.S. Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons (from 2006);
4) Provide Adequate Food;
5) Provide Constructive Programs and Privileges for Indefinite Security Housing Units (SHU) Inmates.
Solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and jails is one of the nation's most pressing domestic human rights issues—and also one of the most invisible.
Solitary Watch http://solitarywatch.com/