(SACRAMENTO)… the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced prisoners participating in the hunger strike will face consequences, including being punished with the very thing they’re protesting: solitary confinement.
CDCR called the prisoners’ action a “mass hunger strike disturbance” that is being “organized by prison gangs.”
Close to 30,000 prisoners across 24 California prisons began a hunger strike on Monday to call attention to a number of conditions they say are inhumane. The prisoners are demanding changes to policies that allow prisons to hold inmates in solitary confinement for an indefinite period of time…
“Inmates identified as leading and perpetuating the disturbance will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the California Code of Regulations, Title 15 Section 3315(a)(2)(L) and may be removed from the general population and be placed in an Administrative Segregation Unit pursuant to CDCR’s hunger strike policy…”(Full text at ABC News)
While Paco is pleasantly surprised Dr. Beard’s CDCR is taking a stand for safety and security in response to the ‘hunger strike,’ the threat of AD-SEG placement is both impotent and silly. As previously stated here, all participants should receive a counseling chrono which, as a non-disciplinary action, would cost nothing beyond printing and existing staff hours.
AD-SEG placement, on the other hand, requires committee action and/or a hearing including all the associated due-process bells and whistles. Then, there’s the issue of where all those new AD-SEGers will be housed AND the added staff costs associated with tending to individually segregated offenders. Aren’t staff still required to observe and document AD-SEG inmate ‘activity’ in a log? Don’t they cell-feed them? Extra staff are still needed to run lock-up programs, aren’t they?
In other words, CDCR has no intention of ‘punishing’ meal-skippers with SHU or AD-SEG placements because it lacks the resources to do so–Not to mention the stones.
Again, all participants should receive a CDC-128 documenting the misbehavior–To the extent some may be provably involved in organizing the event, they should be appropriately charged and disciplined.
Beyond that, it’s bluster…Bull bluster. -