This summer’s prison hunger strike, which eventually spread to some 6,600 inmates in dozens of California facilities, was organized and launched in the “short corridor” of Pelican Bay State Prison’s Security Housing Unit (SHU). The strike ended three weeks after it began, with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation making a few small concessions to the prisoners’ demands, and promising to undertake a review of the policies under which inmates are placed and held in the state’s SHUs.
Now, sources confirm that the organizers plan to resume their hunger strike to further push for reforms. In a letter published in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Pelican Bay SHU inmate James Crawford, who goes by the name Mutope Duguma, reported that negotiations with the CDCR had left them “disappointed,” and “we are going forward with our indefinite hunger strike, which will start on Sept. 26, 2011.” Duguma continues: “We know they probably have manipulated some new attempt to deal with us, but what they fail to realize is that we were never playing. If these people think we are going to remain under this tortuous treatment, then they will get the body count that they seek or a bunch of hospitals filled up throughout the state.”
Solitary Watch will provide more details on the resumption of the hunger strike as they become available.