Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity (PHSS), a coalition based in the Bay Area made up of organizations supporting the inmates at Pelican Bay, reports more than 6,600 prisoners throughout the state of California are refusing food in solidarity.
PHSS also reports that dozens of striking prisoners have lost 20-25 pounds are being taken to prison infirmaries because of irregular heartbeats or fainting.
In an op-ed for the San Francisco Bayview newspaper, Dorsey Nunn, a mediator with strikers and the California Department of Corrections (CDC) reports the Pelican Bay prison hospital is filled with “prisoners who are being hydrated intravenously because some have started to refuse water.” According to Nunn, many inmates are also having trouble keeping water down at this point. “It is truly a matter of luck and or untiring spirit that nobody has died so far,” he added.
“Some of these guys have been in the Security Housing Unit for 20 years or more and are suffering the severe affects of being locked in a 6 x 10 concrete cell for 23 ½ hours a day. What they are asking for are basic human rights,” added Strickman, a lawyer with Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and member of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity legal team.
The Pelican Bay prisoners’ demands are standard in “Supermax” prisons in other states
The prisoners won’t stop… like this article says they have nothing to lose. What would our “justice” system lose by ending inhumane conditions?