To: Sheriff David O. Livingston, Under Sheriff Michael V. Casten and All Martinez Detention Facility Command Staff, Deputies and Officials
From: Pretrial Detainees, Inmates, Prisoner’s and Civil Commitments housed in Administrative Segregation (AdSeg) in D-Module at Martinez Detention Facility
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE:
On Monday 7-8-2013, Detainees housed in AdSeg will actively be taking part in the Hunger Strike being implemented statewide by Prisoners, Inmates, Detainees (etc.) confined under unconstitutional conditions in California State Prisons and Jails.
Martinez Detention Facility (MDF) AdSeg Detainees support the Core and supplemental Demands of our partners in CDCR Pelican Bay Prison AdSeg/SHU programs and we join them in opposition of their and ALL unconstitutional conditions of confinement in all California State Prisons and Jails.
MDF AdSeg Detainees hereby also provide notice of our own “5 Core Demands” to stop Unconstitutional Conditions of Confinement blatantly enforced here at MDF:
CORE DEMAND 1
MDF AdSeg Detainees demand Sheriff/Jail officials immediately cease and desist the Unconstitutional Custom, practice, and unofficial policy of placing Detainees in AdSeg without any Due Process. Some Detainees have been held in AdSeg indefinitely (over 5 years) without any notice, hearing or Due Process required by Constitutional Law. If a Detainee submits a request or grievance on the issue they receive a response from classification only stating “You are housed appropriately”.
CORE DEMAND 2
MDF AdSeg Detainees demand Sherriff/Jail officials immediately cease and desist the Unconstitutional custom, practice and Unofficial Policy of Locking Detainees in filthy cells with no windows or light controls for 48 hours (or more) before being allowed out of our cell for 1 hour to shower, groom, use phone, exercise and inadequately attempt to clean our cells.
Detainees request that they be allowed out of their cells for at least 1hour daily in the morning, afternoon or evening and also be allowed to shave daily as State Regulations require.
Incorporated within this Demand, Detainees also seek a provision for a daily opportunity to clean their cells. Currently Detainees are only allowed (Every 48 hours or more) a broom, dust pan, and a mop. They are not provided with disinfectant, toilet bowl cleaner, rags, or any other cleaning supplies to adequately clean cells. Detainees must also keep trash (from 6 meals) in their cells for 48 hours or more.
CORE DEMAND 3
MDF AdSeg Detainees demand Sheriff/Jail officials immediately cease and desist the unconstitutional custom, practice and unofficial Policy of daily holding medical and mental health appointments at the detainees’ cell door which allows all other Detainees to hear the confidential medical/mental health issues in violation of the “Medical Act and Privacy Rights”.
Detainees also seek the Equal Protection of a “TRIAGE” phone line as other MDF Detainees on other Modules are provided.
CORE DEMAND 4
MDF AdSeg Detainee demand Sheriff/Jail officials immediately cease and desist the Unconstitutional custom, practice and unofficial policy of improperly housing mental health inmates among the non-mental health AdSeg Detainees. Currently non-mental AdSeg Detainees are subject to the behaviors, problems, actions and disorders of the Mental Health AdSeg inmates which include:
• Loud yelling/banging all night- Keeping Detainees awake.
• Getting feces and urine thrown under Detainees doors.
• Delusional actions/comments against or towards Detainees.
• Spitting through Detainee doors or on glass.
• Feces, urine, debris etc. in shower, hot water pot, on floor
• Breaking and/or destroying hair clippers/shavers preventing other detainees from using for court, visits, etc.
CORE DEMAND 5
MDF AdSeg Detainee demand Sheriff/Jail officials immediately cease and desist the Unconstitutional custom, practice and unofficial policy of denying all MDF Detainees access to pens to submit legal work to the courts, nor copying provisions for our writs and other valid legal documents to the Court. Also, there is no readily continuous access to a pencil sharpener which is often broken (by mental health inmates) preventing Detainees from writing legal documents and/or sending letters to family and friends for weeks.
There are many more Unconstitutional Conditions of Confinement here at MDF. Those are 5 of the most egregious which we present as issues. Detainees will be Hunger Striking to correct beginning Monday 7-8-2013.
Detainees peacefully and respectfully request that Contra Costa County Sheriff Office swift and prompt actions to correct these Unconstitutional Conditions of Confinement.
MDF Hunger Strike Representative