Thousands of California prisoners on hunger strike

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CNN) -- Thousands of California state prisoners, angry about what they call harsh treatment, have been on a hunger strike that enters its ninth day Tuesday.There could be as many as 12,000 inmates skipping meals in at least eight California prisons, a prison advocacy group said. Many inmates are angry about a practice of keeping them in solitary confinement for too long, the group said.
"We are hoping that this widespread participation will push (prison officials) to negotiate and honor the basic demands of the people locked behind those walls," said Isaac Ontiveros, a spokesman for Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity. "You have people in there that have been in solitary confinement for 20 years. They just want to change their conditions."
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation released a statement last week saying it is "responding to a hunger strike disturbance by thousands of inmates in several correctional facilities."
Prison officials said it would punish inmates who were not eating and leaders of the strike will be removed "from the general population and be placed in an Administrative Segregation Unit."
The prisoners have made five demands which include a change in the prison policy that makes inmates go through an interrogation process where they have to incriminate themselves and identify other inmates who are involved in breaking rules in order to get out of solitary confinement. They are demanding an end to group lockdowns and want more privileges for those in solitary confinement, such as winter clothes and nutritious meals.
Prison officials have said that placing prisoners in segregation units, or solitary confinement, makes the facilities more safe and helps guards deal with gang violence.
The strike started on September 26 and is the second strike by prisoners this year. One in July lasted for weeks.
"Right now we are seeing nothing but crackdowns from the CDCR," said Ontiveros. "We are hoping that there will be some fruitful negotiations, but ironically they have threatened prisoners with more isolation."
Demonstrators have called a rally Wednesday outside the corrections department headquarters in Sacramento to express solidarity with the hunger strikers.

Thousands of California prisoners on hunger strike - CNN.com

Its prison, not a country club.
 
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Look on the bright side..... it should save money on food.
 
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I'm proud of them and support them wholeheartedly. This is what you get when you privatize stuff, mass revolt.
You can't put a dog in a cage and beat, starve and humiliate it everyday, then expect it to be an affectionate, obedient puppy when it gets out.
Conservatives are dangerous to America.
 
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I'm proud of them and support them wholeheartedly. This is what you get when you privatize stuff, mass revolt.
You can't put a dog in a cage and beat, starve and humiliate it everyday, then expect it to be an affectionate, obedient puppy when it gets out.
Conservatives are dangerous to America.
maybe you can go in and cook them a nice meal. Then some of them can show you why it is called the "Penal System". You'd like that, wouldn't you?
 
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You wouldn't last 5 seconds in there...they'd see you for the "keyboard toughguy" you are.
I've been in jail more'n once and had no problems.
You'd pee your pants before they gave you your plastic tray of supplies.
Now... I see that you really can't discuss the issue at hand, just make personal attacks...I expected that!
 

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You wouldn't last 5 seconds in there...they'd see you for the "keyboard toughguy" you are.
I've been in jail more'n once and had no problems.
You'd pee your pants before they gave you your plastic tray of supplies.
Now... I see that you really can't discuss the issue at hand, just make personal attacks...I expected that!


what for if you don't mind my askin.
 
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"Yeah? Well....Zitiboy.. you're a queer!" Meridian

Laffin....
 
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It is Prison...

They need to be punished..

That said certain things shouldn't happen. Nutritious food need not be expensive or even fancy. Solitary for years sounds a bit extreme as well, please no Straw Man come backs..

Its not a resort yet they are to hold prisoners to keep society safe, they are NOT meant to be the dispensers of Justice. Beatings and such as was done in the Medieval Times are NOT there jobs.

There are things they allow Prisoners I don't agree with. However that doesn't mean I turn a blind eye or deaf ear on legitimate needs.
 
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You wouldn't last 5 seconds in there...they'd see you for the "keyboard toughguy" you are.
I've been in jail more'n once and had no problems.
You'd pee your pants before they gave you your plastic tray of supplies.
Now... I see that you really can't discuss the issue at hand, just make personal attacks...I expected that!
I know better than to do something to get myself arrested. You obviously do not.