We are going through an uproar of change in this country with activism and following proper media rules to spotlight the short comings. As of today I will be taken through this protest against prison reform and how their staff treats inmates.
Today, I would like to highlight the gladiator fights as called by inmates comparable to Mandingo fights of the slaves, the warden and staff call them incremental releases.
In the fights prisoners are released out into the yard and forced to fight sometimes even allowed are 2 on 2 bouts which are described as inhumane. The worst part is inmates are sometimes allowed to bring weapons out into the fight with staff and nurses on the scene for after the fights are over. The fights take place every two weeks and leaves most loved ones and families worried if they’ll ever see their loved ones again alive, usually after no matter the injuries inmates are sent to the hole or back to their cells.
On January 9, 2019, an estimated 250 prisoners went on hunger strike within Corcoran State Prison’s 3C facility in response to an indefinite lockdown. They have asked that this info be made public and that their DEMANDS BE HEARD.
Directly after the hunger strike went public, the warden ordered sandbags to be placed at the bottom of the southeners doors to prevent any food or messages from being passed or shared. Last Sunday was the first protest from the wives and families of inmates and I received quotes, “Last Sunday we were there all day in the cold and pouring rain, children and all, and as the CO’s came out. They would record us and laugh.”
Corcoran State Prison (3C Yrd) SIX CORE DEMANDS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
- Lift Lock-Down.
- Allow Visits.
- Allow Us To Attend Educational, Vocational and Rehabilitation Programs That we’re Enrolled In.
- Allow Us To Receive Commissary and Packages.
- That We Be Given Our Weekly 10 Hrs Of Mandated Outdoor Exercise Yard.
- That We Are Treated Fairly.
***WE’VE BEEN ON THIS PEACEFUL HUNGER STRIKE SINCE JANUARY 9TH, 2019 AND HAVE YET TO SEE CHANGE… WE WILL CONTINUE THIS HUNGER STRIKE UNTIL OUR VOICES ARE HEARD.
UPDATE: On January 9, 2019, an estimated 250 prisoners initiated a hunger strike within California State Prison – Corcoran’s 3C facility in response to an indefinite lockdown. On Jan 28, after three weeks of refusing food trays, the warden met with representatives, granted full canteen privileges and promised to work out a separate yard schedule. The strikers suspended their hunger strike and were ready to continue negotiations in good faith.
Over the last two weeks there has been NO PROGRESS on receiving full canteen or separate yard time. The warden has reneged on all pledges so the strikers of 3C refused breakfast trays on Monday, Feb 11 and held a day long noise demo banging on doors and windows. The initial demands remain and strikers insist that they be dealt with in good faith.
BACKGROUND: All units within Corcoran’s 3C facility have been on “modified program” for four months now. This essentially means a “lockdown” in all meaningful aspects – no visitation, no canteen, no packages, no educational, rehab or vocational programming, and little yard time.
The pretext for this indefinite lockdown by CDCr of hundreds of prisoners for months on end is an altercation on Sept. 28 which saw three prisoners from their unit attacked and put into the infirmary. Group punishments and indefinite isolation are standard practices by CDCr and must stop.
These practices only escalate trauma and conflict and ultimately only promote violence and destabilization within facilities. The effects are not an accident or “regrettable by-products.” This is how CDCr interprets its mission: control by brutalization and division.