California Prison Focus is Fighting and Building to Liberate Voices and Those Who Were Subjected to Long Term Torture

Issue 60

In response to the Covid-10 crisis, California Prison Focus along with a handful of our inside allies, created and presented the following demands to Governor Newsom. Our first demand focuses on the tortured SHU class, with the intention of ringing attention to, and ultimately bringing justice to the entire prisoner class. CPF demands include the following:(For the entire demand letter visit action).

Primary Demands:

  • Release all adults in CDCR custody who are medicallyfragile or over the age of 60, starting with the authors of the Agreement to End Hostilities and followed by the remaining members of the Ashker Class Action Settlement and participants of the 2011 and 2013 Hunger Strikes. Apply AB 1448 as intended.
  • The right for the signers of The AEH, the members of the Ashker Class Action and all 2011 and 2013 hunger strikers to be safe from retaliation as a result of these demands, including further torture, isolation, or, as laid out in the Prisoner Human Rights Movement Blueprint, from being coerced, threatened and blackmailed to betray fellow prisoners with false accusations.

Supplemental Demands:

  • Release to the public updates on the existing plan and procedures in place to address COVID-19 and how adequate care will be provided for all who fall under the Coleman and Ashker Class Action Settlements.
  • Expedite parole hearings and release all people who have anticipated release dates in 2020 and 2021 to parole supervision.
  • Provide free tablets within all CDCR institutions and facilitate email communication through Corrlinks services to support prisoners in the establishment and maintenance of family ties and bonds. This is needed to mitigate the closing of all visitations at CDCR institutions which adversely impacts family communication and bonds.
  • Support Nancy Skinner’s Senate Bill 1064, prohibiting an employee of, or private entity under contract with, the department from finding any state prisoner guilty of a rules violation if that finding or decision is based on, or relies on, in whole or in part, any uncorroborated information from an in-custody confidential informant.
  • Create transparency regarding the application of AB 1448, Prop 57 and other California resentencing laws so that they may be applied as intended.
  • Reduce jail admissions by reclassifying misdemeanor offenses that do not threaten public safety into non-jailable offenses and diverting as many people as possible to community based mental health and substance abuse treatment.
  • Eliminate parole and probation revocations for technical violations for behaviors that would not warrant inceration for people who are not on parole or probation.
  • Shut down immigration detention centers..
  • End police brutality, inside prisons and out

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