[Pnews] Support Prisoners at California's Folsom Prison on Hunger Strike

Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Fri May 26 10:40:36 EDT 2017


  Folsom Hunger Strike began May 25, 2017 – Your support is needed

May 26, 2017

*/On May 16th, inmates at Old Folsom State Prison made contact with the 
outside world to announce that they would begin a hunger strike on May 
25th. This announcement comes in response to ongoing mistreatment, 
dehumanization, and unbearable living conditions at Old Folsom State 

/Hunger strikes are a last resort, a measure taken by those who truly 
have no other way out. They often come with high risks and heavy costs 
to prisoners. Incarcerated people commonly face disciplinary actions, 
retaliation by prison officials, abuse, and further denial of their 
basic human rights during hunger strikes- simply for exerting their free 
will and resisting their mistreatment./

/The danger of these threats is compounded by the long-term health 
consequences and extreme physical weakness that accompany starving 
yourself in an environment that provides woefully inadequate medical 
care. In short, these prisoners will desperately need our support./

/When incarcerated people take action to fight for their dignity, their 
rights, and their lives, those of us on the outside must answer with 
solidarity. Our support is crucial in getting their demands met and 
minimizing retaliation against them. We must let these brave individuals 
know that we have their backs, and that they will not be forgotten./

*The hunger strike has begun. Please read the information below and make 
phone calls as soon as possible. All of the contact information you need 
is included at the bottom. The following media release comes directly 
from incarcerated people at Folsom State Prison (FSP) who are on strike:*

        Folsom ASU Media Release

On May 25, 2017 prisoners in Folsom State Prison B4 ASU (Administrative 
Segregation Unit) in Represa, CA have started a hunger strike to 
peacefully protest the conditions of their confinement in the 
administrative segregation unit. Prisoners have exhausted all reasonable 
remedies, to no avail. Further, prisoners have attempted to open lines 
of communication with administrative officials and met with only 
resistance and silence.

Folsom ASU is like stepping back in time to the era when prison 
officials blanketed the injustice imposed on its solitary confined 
prisoners and bluntly turned a blind eye to mistreatment and the 
stripping away of basic human dignity and elements. As CDCR made drastic 
changes throughout its prisons to put prisoners on roads of 
rehabilitation and more humane living conditions, Folsom officials 
reject the ideals and continue the injustice of the past.

To those reading who may find it hard to believe, just a few years ago 
many will recall this same fight took place within the SHU (Security 
Housing Unit). The direction, message, and programs CDCR implemented for 
long term isolation to rehabilitate is ignored, shut out, and rejected 
here in Folsom ASU.

Some might assume the impact of the struggle men endured within the SHU 
to gain fair, dignified living conditions would have a long-lasting 
effect, yet, men stand again, just as unified, ready to sacrifice their 
bodies, health, and life to achieve what has already been hard fought 
for and accomplished. Why must California prisoners continue to 
sacrifice health and life, involve lawyers and courts, in order to be 
treated like human beings? We will continue to remind CDCR officials 
they will be held accountable for this type of treatment.

Prisoners in B4 ASU are forced to sit or stand idle in their cells or 
yard cages without meaningful exercise, education, or rehabilitative 
programs. We are already forced to endure atypical and significant 
hardships due to being in segregated housing and solitary confinement. 
When taken together, these conditions constitute cruel and unusual 
punishment under the U.S. Constitution.

We are being deprived of basic human needs, including normal human 
contact, environmental and sensory stimulation, mental and physical 
health, entertainment, physical exercise, sleep, access to courts, and 
meaningful activity. Prolonged exposure to these deprivations has caused 
and will cause serious physical and psychological harm.

FSP (Folsom State Prison) is deliberately indifferent to prisoners 
suffering. They are aware that prolonged social isolation, and lack of 
environmental stimuli cause “serious psychological pain and suffering 
and permanent psychological pain and suffering, and permanent 
psychological and physical injury.”

CDCR is aware (Madrid-Ashker-Coleman) that the conditions of extreme 
isolation will likely inflict some degree of psychological trauma. These 
injuries include chronic insomnia, severe concentration and memory 
problems, anxiety and other ailments. This is why all SHUs and most ASUs 
within CDCR have provided prisoners with the opportunity to have TVs, 
pull up bars, education, and social and rehabilitative programs.

However, FSP continues to claim lack of money as an excuse to not fall 
in line with CDCR’s stated goals, and are content to ignore the 
suffering of men in its care. We continue to be confined alone in our 
cells with only misery for company.

Unfortunately our voice in here can be drowned out by administration, 
but those out there can help by making their voice heard in concern with 
our treatment. We urge you to call and email all officials and ask 
questions on the conditions here, and make sure procedures are met for 
those hunger striking.

The following are officials to contact:

  * Chief Deputy Inspector General – Roy Wesley – (916) 255-1102
  * Ombudsman Sara L. Smith (the person who is supposed to check on
    welfare, investigate complaints, etc.) – (916) 324-5458
    <tel:%28916%29%20324-5458>// sara.smith at cdcr.ca.gov
    <mailto:sara.smith at cdcr.ca.gov>
  * Secretary Scott Kernan – scott.kernan at cdcr.ca.gov
    <mailto:scott.kernan at cdcr.ca.gov>
  * Undersecretary Ralph M. Diaz – ralph.diaz at cdcr.ca.gov
    <mailto:ralph.diaz at cdcr.ca.gov>
  * Governor Jerry Brown – (916) 445-2481 <tel:%28916%29%20445-2481>
  * Chief Office of the Ombudsman – Sara Malone –
    sara.malone at cdcr.ca.gov <mailto:sara.malone at cdcr.ca.gov>
  * Public Information Office of Folsom – Jack Huey – (916) 985-2561
    <tel:%28916%29%20985-2561>// jack.huey at cdcr.gov
    <mailto:jack.huey at cdcr.gov>
  * Folsom Warden – Ron Rackley – ron.rackley at cdcr.ca.gov
    <mailto:ron.rackley at cdcr.ca.gov>

Sent to a secretary or voicemail? Leave a message for the official you 
are trying to contact.

First time calling in? You can find a detailed guide _here_ 


“Hello, my name is ____________and I’m a resident of California. I am 
calling in support of the hunger strike that began May 25th at Folsom 
State Prison. I am deeply concerned about the inhumane conditions of 
confinement that have brought this on, and strongly urge you to act upon 
the prisoners’ demands, which are reasonable and amount to basic human 

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