From the page: "eals pending with the California Supreme Court at the time of his death. âoeIt is a testament to the dire conditions under which prisoners live in solitary confinement that three people would commit suicide in the last month,â said Laura Magnani, Regional Director of the American Friends Service Committee, âoeIt also points to the severe toll that the hunger strike has taken on these men, despite some apparent victories.â Prisoners in Californiaâs SHUs and other forms of solitary confinement have a much higher rate of suicide than those in general population.
The hunger strike, which at one time involved the participation of at least 12,000 prisoners in at least 13 state prisons was organized around five core demands relating to ending the practices of group punishment, long-term solitarily confinement, and gang validation and debriefing. The CDCR has promised changes to the gang validation as soon as early next year and were due to have a draft of the new for review this November, although itâs not known whether that process is on schedule. âoeIf the public and legislators donât continue to push CDCR, they co"