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Sunday, July 28, 2013

The California Prison Strike: Day 21 and Possibly the First Death

Posted by on Sun, Jul 28, 2013 at 12:59 PM

From the Sacramento Bee:

SAN FRANCISCO — A California inmate has died in solitary confinement amid a system-wide hunger strike protesting living conditions in those cells, prison activists announced.

Prison officials said Saturday that they are investigating Monday's death at California State Prison, Corcoran as a possible suicide. They are awaiting the Kings County coroner's report before making a final determination on the cause of death.

The coroner didn't return a phone call seeking comment on Saturday.

Inmate supporters and prison officials disagree over whether 32-year-old Bill "Guero" Sell was participating in the strike. Prison officials said he wasn't. Activists supporting the hunger strike from outside prison say otherwise.

Remember, California prison officials say you are not officially on a hunger strike until you've refused nine consecutive meals. So if you eat nothing for four days—and if prison guards think you're on a hunger strike, reports say they do everything to keep you hungry, including sandbagging your cell door so nobody can pass you a packet of dried coffee—but eat a piece of bread on the fifth day to keep yourself alive, you're not on a hunger strike. It'll be interesting to see what the official ruling on this death is.

The article also contains the understatement of the weekend:

The protest is the latest disruption for a prison system already facing legal and logistical challenges.

I'll say. Multiple courts, all the way up to the US Supreme Court, have told the prison system to get itself together to prevent routine and "unnecessary" deaths.


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How much you want to bet that once it's all over, we'll learn that strong inmates were forcing weak ones to go on a "hunger strike," effectively starving them? Brendan Kiley won't report that, because it would conflict with his thug worship.
Posted by Noicons on July 28, 2013 at 3:50 PM · Report this
So what your saying Noicons is that you'd be one of those starving inmates.

Posted by Machiavelli was framed on July 28, 2013 at 7:37 PM · Report this
Not me, but not Trayvon Martin either. He dead. And not George Zimmerman. He innocent. How about you?
Posted by Noicons on July 28, 2013 at 9:07 PM · Report this
pdonahue 4
These strikers are in the SHU, they are isolated from eachother and the public in almost every way, this isn't the "OZ" or "prison break" environment where gangs influence behavior, this is a CO managed segregated housing where inmates are essentially in solitary isolation.

It's a fucked up situation where inmates are taking the extreme tactic of killing themselves slowly by refusing food, and yes, the weakest will die first.
Posted by pdonahue on July 29, 2013 at 8:37 AM · Report this
Anyone dead yet?
Posted by Noicons on July 29, 2013 at 11:33 PM · Report this

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