Yo-Yo management: Pacification as policy

Jul 11th, 2013 | By | Category: Cell phones, Frivolous Inmate Lawsuits, Prisons & Confinement, Security, Spotlight
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Pelican Bay softened privileges in SHU prior to the so-called hunger-strike. Inmates now claim privileges are being unfairly pulled back.  Meanwhile, the general public couldn't care less about the inmate action, as it should be.

Pelican Bay softened privileges in SHU prior to the so-called hunger-strike. Inmates now claim privileges are being unfairly pulled back. 

XREF: Cellphones and strikes: Reality of intra-prison collusion

Privileges increased to preempt ‘hunger strike,’ pulled back in retribution?

California prisons change inmate privileges

By Paige St. John | Los Angeles Times

In the days before mass protests swept over California prisons, state officials began increasing the privileges inmates receive in solitary confinement, where those protests were being organized…

Then when the strike began Monday, a prison official sought to cut by half one of the few types of personal items that inmates in isolation are allowed to keep: books. The memo restricted from 10 to five the books that may be kept by inmates in the security housing unit at Pelican Bay State Prison. That is the unit where protest leaders are housed…

Pelican Bay officials, after being contacted by The Times on Tuesday, rescinded the memo…[See below]

Just weeks before, a top corrections official expanded privileges for inmates in solitary confinement, granting them permission to buy and keep a typewriter, unlimited amounts of candy and instant soup. As well, they may now supplement their prison-issued wardrobe with boxers, sweat pants and undershirts, and may keep sausages and cheese — all items previously banned from solitary.

The approval for added privileges was signed by Corrections Undersecretary Martin Hoshino on June 5. Inmates in Pelican Bay told their lawyers they were not made aware of the changes until July 2, just before the planned start of the statewide protests…(Full text at  Los Angeles Times)

Meanwhile, back at the pen, convicts claim retaliation

Prisoners say jailers threaten retaliation over refusal to eat

California corrections officials may search inmates’ cells, seize their food stashes and possibly move them to solitary confinement if they continue their hunger strike, prisoners say.
By Paige St. John | Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — State prisoners said Wednesday evening that corrections officials are threatening to search their cells, seize their food stashes and possibly move them to solitary confinement if they continue their meal strike.

Leaders of the protest said, through outside advocates, that they were prepared for such a crackdown, which would mirror actions taken in past hunger strikes.

Deborah Hoffman, lead spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, declined to confirm the measures described by inmates but said they “might be part of our normal policy…”

At other facilities, not all of those who were refusing meals were fasting, authorities said.

“Many of those inmates are … eating canteen,” said corrections spokesman Jeffrey Callison, referring to the instant soups and snack items inmates can buy from prison canteens…

[An] inmate said seizures would be unfair. “These food items aren’t the prisons’ food,” he complained. “It’s the inmates’ personal property, bought from the commissary.”

In addition to food confiscation, inmates said, they may be subject to mental health and medical evaluations, denied visitors and mail packages and subject to rules violations that could eventually affect their chances of winning parole…(Full text at Los Angeles Times)

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One Comment to “Yo-Yo management: Pacification as policy”

  1. Bob Walsh says:

    Lets see now, many thousands of inmates are supposed to be on a hunger strike but many are very likely scarfing canteen munchies instead of the tasty and nutritious meals the state prepares for them. Is anybody with an IQ higher than that of a rutabaga surprised by this? If a man is a thief, robbery, rapist or murderer why should anybody be surprised that he is a manipulative liar in a political arena when the lie is to his benefit?