[Pnews] Support hunger striking Wisconsin prisoners - demand an end to solitary confinement

Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Wed Jul 13 18:56:06 EDT 2016

Since early June, some of the prisoners in Wisconsin’s solitary 
confinement units have been refusing to accept food, as a protest 
against their prolonged isolation and inhumane treatment by the 
Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC).  It is extremely difficult to 
communicate with people in solitary confinement, but many letters have 
been received and we know that at least two of the inmates have 
continued their food refusal until now, more than five weeks since they 
began.  We know there are others that have joined in at different times, 
but getting exact numbers has been impossible as the DOC has refused to 
provide those.

A central concern of the prisoners is the practice of “Administrative 
Confinement.”  This is a category of solitary confinement that the DOC 
uses to exempt itself from its own rules.  So, while the DOC talks about 
cutting down on the length of stay in solitary, some people are kept in 
Administrative Confinement for years and even decades.

On June 17th, the DOC began to get court orders to allow them to 
force-feed at least four of those who were not eating.  The method they 
have chosen is to force a tube through the person’s nose - a practice, 
by the way, that was discontinued in Guantanamo Bay because it was 
deemed to be too brutal.  There they use intravenous feeding to force 
nutrition.  Several of the prisoners have said that the force used 
against them was even in excess of what is necessary for this method, 
and according to our sources, one of the prisoners was hospitalized due 
to injuries from the procedure. It is worth noting that force feeding of 
prisoners has been prohibited by the World Medical Association since 1975.

On Thursday, July 14, at 11 am there will be a hearing in a Dodge County 
courtroom.  The judge learned that there is videotape of the way that 
guards were dealing with one of the prisoners, Cesar DeLeon.  The judge 
has demanded that all parties, and the video, be brought to court.

Today, we are asking you to take one very specific action:  Please call 
your State Senator and your State Assembly representative – you can find 
their information HERE 
- and say:

///“I am very worried about the way Wisconsin prisoners are being 
treated. Please contact the DOC immediately to tell them you are very 
concerned about the abuse of the prisoners who have been refusing 
food.   And, please ask the DOC why Administrative Confinement does not 
follow the rules set for others in Solitary Confinement. And, please 
insist that they make meaningful changes NOW.” /

If a lot of us make that brief phone call, it can help bring to light 
what has been very, very hidden.

If you wish to learn a lot more about the specific issue of 
Administrative Confinement, and if you would like to be part of a 
long-term project to help force a change in the rules governing Solitary 
Confinement, please contact our good friend Peg Swan, at 
pgswan3 at aol.com.  She has a long-term plan and would love to have some help

Finally, for those in the Milwaukee area:  Please mark your calendar for 
*Thursday, August 11, from 6-8 pm*.  We will be holding an event called 
“Thirsting for Justice.”  It will lift up the issues of Old Law Parole, 
Compassionate Release, Crimeless Revocations, Solitary Confinement, and 
Contaminated Water in some of our prisons.  We will also be collecting 
bottled water that evening to deliver to prisoners whose drinking water 
is unsafe.
Freedom Archives 522 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415 
863.9977 www.freedomarchives.org
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