Attempting to Break Hunger Strike, CDCR Increases Retaliation, Shuts Out Attorney Advocate

Press Contact: Isaac Ontiveros

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition

ph. 510 517 6612

Oakland–The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation continue to retaliate against hunger strikers. Yesterday it was reported that a core group of strikers were moved from the Security Housing Unit in Pelican Bay to even more restricted isolation. Since then, supporters have learned that prison officials have been attempting to break the resolve of strikers by blasting cold air into the SHU and Administrative Segregation (AD-Seg) units at Pelican Bay. Also, in a move to restrict communications between prisoners and their legal advocates, the CDCR has issued an exclusion order denying attorney Marilyn McMahon access to her clients at Pelican Bay State Prison, many of whom are in the 11th day of their protest against indefinite long term solitary confinement.

The order bans McMahon from the prison pending a CDCR investigation to determine whether one of her legal assistants “presents a serious threat to security.” The order says nothing about what the assistant stands accused of. McMahon comments, “I’m struck by how similar this is to the gang validation process, one of the hunger strike issues. Prisoners are sent to solitary indefinitely based on reports that they are not allowed to see, made by prisoners whose identity they are not allowed to know.”

McMahon and fellow attorney Carol Strickman were banned during the hunger strike in 2011 under the same administrative regulations. “All charges against us were eventually lifted,” said McMahon, “but to this day CDCR has never told me the charges against me.” The order prevented the two attorneys from having legal visits with their clients for the remainder of that strike.

Late last week, the CDCR moved 14 supposed hunger strike leaders from the SHU in Pelican Bay to the even more restrictive Administrative Segregation, confiscating their legal papers related to a lawsuit filed against the Department for its policies of indefinite long-term solitary confinement. In further efforts to break the strike, the Department is forcing cold air into the cells of striking prisoners. Supporters and advocates are denouncing the CDCR’s tactics as cruel and inhumane.

“The CDCR wants to cut off communications between prisoners and the outside world, but we are not going to let that happen,” said McMahon. The prisoners are resolute about continuing their hunger strike until a legally binding agreement is reached.


10 thoughts on “Attempting to Break Hunger Strike, CDCR Increases Retaliation, Shuts Out Attorney Advocate

  1. I got through on one of the phone numbers-the fax phone never answered. I’ll try again tomorrow. My heart is with those who ask for justice and humanity.

  2. Lord bless the hunger strikers . Only you know why they are going through this treatment . Encamped ur angels of safety around them all . Nourish they’re bodies lord and provide them strength physically and mentally . Help us to trust in you lord and not look to man for our reassurance but jut trust in you god that you will provide a solution n Jesus name Amen

  3. I pray for these men and that they are heard. This has gone on way too long, day 11 and there is nothing being done. They are human beings, they still have some rights even if in prison. There is no reason to retaliate against they they have not hurt anyone!

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