California Prisoner Hunger Strike and Evil America

Guard delivering meal to prisoner in solitary confinement. Photo by Kilho Park.

The United States of America has the highest incarceration rate in the world.  The odds of a random American being in prison or jail are almost five times that of a citizen of England or Wales. Either Americans are more evil than everyone else, or something is seriously wrong with its judicial and prison system.

The California hunger strike against cruel prison condition, including prolonged solitary confinement, is in its second week.  Negotiations have begun, but have been made more difficult.  Once again, California has banned Marilyn McMahon, executive director of California Prison Focus, from fulfilling her position as a mediator.  She and another civil rights attorney were banned during the hunger strike in 2011.  The ban was eventually lifted with no reason given.  Now they’ve banned other lawyers from visiting prisoners.

The Geneva Conventions declared decades ago that solitary confinement was unacceptably cruel.  The US Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons said in 2006 it should be ended.  Yet decades later the United States still practices this.

Most inmate in solitary confinement are mentally ill or are there because of minor offenses. I personally know a man who was put in solitary because he was mentally ill and wasn’t getting help.  A person rarely if ever gets put in solitary because of a crime, but because of problems they have once they’re locked up.

Most people are incarcerated because of minor or drug offenses.  And some of them are in solitary.  If you got caught smoking pot or being physically intimate with a person of the same sex back when people could get years for those offenses, you could be one of them.

See a petition to end unnecessary long-term solitary confinement here (https://www.aclu.org/secure/ca-hunger-strike)

Other Links

http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-california-hunger-strike-meeting-20130723,0,994466.story

http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-ff-california-bans-inmates-rights-lawyer-from-prisons-20130717,0,1057896.story

The photo was made by a employee of the federal government while on duty and thus is in the public domain. http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xWEBSITE/photos/photos/pages/Camp_5.html

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7 Responses to California Prisoner Hunger Strike and Evil America

  1. FichenDich says:

    From the very first paragraph the article goes terribly, horribly remiss.

    The United States of America has the highest incarceration rate in the world. The odds of a random American being in prison or jail are almost five times that of a citizen of England or Wales. Either Americans are more evil than everyone else, or something is seriously wrong with its judicial and prison system.

    The problem is that Americans are at least twice as criminal as reflected by the incarceration rates, and ten times more evil than their Anglo cousins. Thus the criminal justice system is indeed broken. At least twice as many should be incarcerated than already are ! The problem is simply that the Americans have run out of warehousing space. New prison construction is perpetually taking place at a furious pace, but it cannot possibly keep up with the demand.

    The introduction of solitary confinement to the discussion is simply silly. Debating the pros and cons of this time honored method is pointless due to the falling-off-a-log simple to grasp concept that placing only a single prisoner within a solitary cell is a grossly inefficient usage of a severely limited resource. Stacking them ten deep would help, but only as a profoundly problematic stop gap measure.

    It is a problem without a solution, but cheer up, the new Fall season of new television shows is right around the corner ! And until then, CBS has its exciting Summer experiment “Under The Dome” !

  2. TawTew the Naturally Perfumed says:

    Prisoners are people just like everyone else. It’s been so long since the mentally ill were locked up just for being sick. We cannot do this with our prisoners. I know good people who’ve been behind bars and most people here have too. America needs to help people live productive lives and stop punishing victimless crimes.

  3. Rev. Bootie says:

    FickingDuck is absolutely right. They could pack in slaves head to toe they can do the same with prisoners. If they die we won’t have to feed them and can use their bodies for fertilizer. Or grind them up and make hamburger for the remaining prisoners. Efficiency, people!

  4. Pet Girl says:

    Prisons are so medieval. They should be helping people not hurting them. Making people miserable is not going to make them better.

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  6. Reynaldo Va says:

    Starvation does not equal emancipation.

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