Friday, September 23, 2011

Prisons and Crime

Pelican Bay Super-max Prison engaged in a hunger strike to improve conditions which began July 1st and was sustained until July 22nd. Thousands of prisoners across racial lines joined in and the hunger strike which spread across the California Prison system and as far as Chicago's Joliet Prison in solidarity.

"Their demands include an end to long-term solitary confinement, collective punishment, and forced interrogation on gang affiliation. The prisoners have also stated that they are willing to give up their lives unless their demands are met."- Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity website.

The Prisoners demands are a reminder that the State retains a gulag system, willing to deprive humans- supposedly in an attempt to reform 'immoral' actions. Prisoners understand for themselves the most necessary elements necessary to maintain their humanity, however for those on 'the outside', it is necessary to be critical of the justice system as a whole.