[Ppnews] Pelican Bay SHU Inmates Respond to Californias Proposed Prisons Reforms
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Pelican Bay SHU Inmates Respond to Californias Proposed Prisons Reforms
March 27, 2012
by Sal Rodriguez
In response to reforms recently outlined by the
California Department of Corrections and
Rehabilitation regarding gang validation, a group
of inmates held in Pelican Bay State Prisons
Security Housing Unit (SHU) submitted a counter proposal to prison activists.
Asserting that the CDCR is asking law makers and
taxpayers to allow them to continue to violate
thousands of prisoners human rights and that the
current system is based on false propaganda
scare tactics the inmates claim that the
proposed changes are not acceptable, because
they seek to increase the use of torture units
and do not change the manner of dealing with
those classified as prison gang members at all.
Central to their rebuke of the reforms is the
controversial debriefing process, which the
inmates claim are arbitrary and unfair.
They describe the negative effects of solitary confinement:
Long term solitary confinement by itself is
an irrational, and unjustifiable instrument of
corrections and when the state of California
allowed the prison-industrial complex (PIC) to
implement such sensory deprivation for over five
(5) years, they (CDCR) have recklessly modified
the genetic features of what are human beings
social characteristics, and by suppressing a
humans natural social behaviors it changes the
thought process of targeted prisoners by removing
objective reality. Once deprivation sets-in, the
second signal system (subjective reality) of the
targeted prisoners thoughts will supersede the
first signal system, which then produces:
Irrationalism, Cannibalism, Racism, Chauvinism,
Terrorism, Conformism and Obscurantism
targeted prisoners of deprivation believes
theyre no longer accountable for their behavior and actions.
Further, they write:
Sensory deprivation has a secondary
phenomena, which are social deprivation, cultural
deprivation, ethical deprivation, and emotional
deprivation. No sane targeted prisoners can
escape this type of deprivation that comes from
long term internment in a supermax control unit.
The science of deprivation has been perfected by
the handlers to operate with devastating force.
The inmates, as they have stated before, propose
a Max B Management Control Unit program as used
in San Quentins Max B unit decades ago.
According to the model proposed by the inmates,
the program would be based on a three phase step
program. Inmates under this model would have
access to greater programming and be subject to
classification reviews every 90 days. This was
previously noted in an Office of the Inspector
General Report in October 2011, in which it was
asserted, based on the experience of a former
CDCR executive that the Max B program would be
considered irresponsible given the numerous
inmate assaults and prison disruptions associated with the Max B model.
It is unclear whether such disagreements may lead
to further action by California inmates in
solitary, particularly after the death of one
hunger striker, Christian Gomez, at California
State Prison, Corcoran in February.
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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