[Pnews] Update from Menard hunger strikers: We need outside support, force feeding threatened
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Update from Menard hunger strikers: We need outside support, force
January 21, 2014
/The following information is drawn from letters received from prisoners
in Administrative Detention at Menard Correctional Center in Menard,
Illinois, and compiled by attorney Alice Lynd./
/Jan. 21, 2014/ -- On Jan. 15, 2014, approximately 25 prisoners in
Administrative Detention at Menard Correctional Center went on hunger
strike. Officers shook down their cells and took any food they found.
The hunger strikers were sent to see medical staff and charged $5 for
On the way back from seeing medical staff, one prisoner (said to be
Armando Valazquez) was pushed onto the stairs while in handcuffs by two
officers. Those officers then kicked and stomped on his back, picked him
up and then slammed his face into the plexiglass window on a door. One
officer was sent home early that day. Prisoner Velazquez was moved to
the Health Care Unit and the prisoners have not seen him since.
The hunger strikers have been told the prison administration is working
on obtaining a preliminary injunction to force feed them. They expect to
continue the hunger strike even if they are force fed.
"We need as much outside support as possible," the prisoners say.
Please call or email:
* Gov. Pat Quinn, (217) 782-0244,
* Warden Rick Harrington, (618) 826-5071
* Illinois Department of Corrections Director Salvador Godinez,
(217) 558-2200, ext. 2008
/Attorney Alice Lynd can be reached at salynd at aol.com
<mailto:salynd at aol.com>./
Menard prisoners' demands
In a letter to Illinois Department of Corrections Director Salvador A.
Godinez, Alan Mills of Uptown People's Law Center in Chicago writes that
prisoners formerly housed at Tamms and now in Administrative Detention
at Menard in the High Security Unit, or HSU, "have contacted our office
regarding both the process by which they were placed in this unit and
the conditions of their confinement in the unit.
"They have advised us that due to the lack of response from anyone
within the Department regarding their informal complaints and formal
grievances they will begin an indefinite hunger strike today, Jan. 15.
"The men have forwarded the following demands to us in the hopes that we
can facilitate resolution of the issues:
1. A hearing upon arrival and rationale for placement, as well as the
written rules and regulations regarding their classification;
2. Quarterly /*meaningful*/ reviews of continued placement;
3. Timely written responses to grievances in compliance with the
4. The ability to have reasonable access to cleaning supplies for
their personal cells;
5. The common areas to be cleaned and sanitized (i.e., showers) and
the vermin and rodent infestation eliminated;
6. Adequate heat and hot water in cells and common areas;
7. The ability to purchase basic commissary items (i.e., thermal
clothing, shoes etc.), pursuant to departmental regulations;
8. Access to individual razors and nail clippers held by departmental
9. Timely addressed medical treatment (i.e., physical, mental and
dental ailments); and
10. Adequate access to legal property boxes and the law library."
/Alan Mills can be reached at Uptown People's Law Center, 4415 North
Sheridan, Chicago IL 60640, (775) 769-1411, www.uplcchicago.org
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