On the Block Radio interview with Ed Mead of California Prison Focus about the Pelican Bay Hunger Strike

From: On the Block Radio, Philadelphia:
June 24th 2011

A group of prisoners housed in Pelican Bay State Prison’s Security Housing Unit, a housing assignment in which prisoners are restricted to their cells in solitary for at least 23 hours a day, has announced plans to begin a hunger strike on July 1st. According to a formal complaint published by a group of prisoners in the Summer 2011 issue of Prison Focus, one of the goals of the hunger strike is the implementation of 5 demands by the administration of Pelican Bay Prison.

They are:

1) Eliminate group punishments
2) Abolish the debriefing policy and modify active/inactive gang status criteria
3) Comply with the recommendations of the US Commission on Safety and Abuse in Prisons
(2006) regarding an end to long-term solitary confinement
4) Provide adequate food
5) Expand and provide constructive programs and privileges for indefinite SHU inmates.”

We speak with Ed Mead–editor of the California-based newspaper Prison Focus and one of hte organizers of the outside support for the Pelican Bay State prisoner hunger strike–about the living conditions for prisoners inside of Pelican Bay State Prison and the development and structure of this latest planned prison protest.

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