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        <h1 class="reader-title">Pennsylvania prisoners start hunger
          strike against isolation practices<br>
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          <div class="reader-estimated-time" dir="ltr">June 25, 2021<br>
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              <p>By Lena Mercer, <em>Perilous Chronicle</em> </p>
              <p>On June 23, 20-30 prisoners at SCI Phoenix, a 3,800 bed
                state prison facility near Philadelphia, began a hunger
                strike. The strikers are protesting against the use of
                an Intensive Management Unit (IMU), or segregation unit,
                inside the facility. They hope to bring attention to the
                use of these segregation units that they say most people
                do not fully understand. Inside these restricted release
                units, prisoners are held in isolation without
                programming and with no redress to remove themselves
                from the enhanced detention. </p>
              <p>Several of the strikers participated in the <a
href="https://perilouschronicle.com/2017/02/01/uprising-at-the-james-t-vaughn-correctional-center/">uprising</a>
                at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna,
                Delaware in 2017 and were later transferred to
                Pennsylvania through interstate compact. These
                prisoners, known collectively as the <a
                  href="http://www.vaughn17.com/">Vaughn 17</a>, were
                charged with crimes following the uprising and have
                since organized jointly in their own defense. </p>
              <p>In a <a
href="https://abolitionistlawcenter.medium.com/statement-from-the-vaughn-17-06-01-2021-51ac8c52f161">June
                  1 statement</a> written in coordination with Philly
                Anti-Repression, a Philadelphia-based organization that
                helps people organize against state repression, the
                Vaughn 17 group decried the conditions inside the
                facility. “Here, we are housed in our cells with only 5
                hours of recreation per week, no programs, no schooling,
                no jobs, or anything else involving rehabilitation. We
                have been housed in this way (some completely
                misconduct-free) with no way out” they said in the
                statement.</p>
              <p>Philly Anti Repression posted a<a
                  href="https://twitter.com/phlbailfund/status/1408130089972387841">
                  call-in campaign on Twitter</a> to be held on June 24
                and 25. The intention of the call-in campaign, according
                to a participant, is to bring attention to the fact that
                while people are being sent into the Intensive
                Management Unit, no official protocols about the IMU
                exist. This leaves no possibility for people to
                administratively challenge their detention inside the
                restrictive housing. </p>
              <p>“There is nothing productive or humane about locking up
                a human being in a box and letting them out for 5 hours
                a week,” the strikers said in the statement. “If PA DOC
                chooses to go into rehabilitating people and help them
                to become better human beings, then long term solitary
                confinement has to go.”</p>
              <p>As of the evening of June 24, the strike was ongoing. </p>
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              <p><a href="https://twitter.com/thelenamercer">Lena Mercer</a>
                is a journalist based in the Pacific Northwest and a
                member of the Perilous Editorial Collective.</p>
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