Hunger strike inmate demands

In­mates in the ad­min­is­trat­ive se­greg­a­tion unit, a form of sol­it­ary con­fine­ment, began their own hun­ger strike Ju­ly 1. This list of their de­mands was re­leased by the Cali­for­nia De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tions and Re­hab­il­it­a­tion.
Or­gan­izers of the statewide pris­on protest that began Monday are con­fined in the Se­cur­ity Hous­ing Unit at Pel­ic­an Bay pris­on, in a wing where lead­ers of pris­on gangs are typ­ic­ally held. Two of the or­gan­izers are plaintiffs in a fed­er­al class-ac­tion law­suit against the state over sol­it­ary con­fine­ment con­di­tions. This state­ment of de­mands was provided by in­mate law­yers.
Cali­for­nia pris­on of­fi­cials, an­ti­cip­at­ing the cur­rent strike, agreed in June to in­crease the prop­erty that in­mates in sol­it­ary con­fine­ment are al­lowed in their cells — un­lim­ited candy and in­stant soup, for ex­ample – with­in 6 cu­bic feet. Sep­ar­ately, the state also agreed to al­low in­mates held in isol­a­tion to have an elec­tric type­writer and put up to 1 cu­bic foot of leg­al books and pa­pers in­to stor­age.
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