Surrounded by family members, mediation team member Barbara Becnel reads the statement announcing the suspension of the prisoners' hunger strike.
Twenty prisoner representatives of all the ethnic groups involved in the California prisoners’ hunger strike have decided to suspend the strike on the 60th day.
Tell California officials to resume meetings with prisoners
On Aug. 19, 2013, California prison officials won a court order saying they could force-feed dozens of inmates who have been on a hunger strike for six weeks over solitary confinement conditions. This order will not end the strike, or prevent other nonviolent demonstrations.
At R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility, a Level 4 inmate waits in a temporary holding tank. These tanks are used when an inmate is in the process of being moved to the Administrative Segregation Unit and is deemed a threat to the safety and security of the institution.
On February 25th, AFSC participated in a hearing focused on the reality of new policies intended to change the practice of gang validation in prison, which presently leads many prisoners to be held in solitary confinement indefinitely based on their association with people whom prison staff perceives as gang members.
On December 28, AFSC Regional Director Laura Magnani and another member of the “mediation team” met with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Undersecretary Terri McDonald to discuss CDCR progress on changing policies and procedures for gang validation into the SHUs (security housing units). In that meeting, Undersecretary McDonald stated the following points.
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