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Ungrateful Prisoners Go on Hunger Strike: An Assault upon California Taxpayers

Original post made by James Hurd, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Jul 9, 2013

Ungrateful prisoners across California's state prison system launched a hunger strike on Monday in protest of their conditions, which include long-term solitary confinement, a practice considered by many to be an act of torture because, after a very short period of time, the prisoner withdraws into an irreversible vegetative state.

The strike was initiated by prisoners within the Security Housing Unit (SHU) in Pelican Bay State Prison, but news quickly spread and is now said to include prisoners in facilities across California. At least 30,000 prisoner ingrates appear to be participating in the hunger strike, which also includes a work stoppage by thousands of inmate workers looking for an excuse to retire to their cells where staring at walls is preferred to sweeping floors and delivering library books.

According to Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity, the California prison system currently holds over 10,000 prisoners in solitary confinement units, "with dozens having spent more than 20 years each in isolation."

The hunger strike is not the first of its kind in Pelican Bay. In 2011, prisoners in the SHU sparked a massive statewide hunger strike that grew to include 12,000 prisoners in a third of California’s 33 prisons, and costing California taxpayers untold amounts mostly in the form of uneaten prepared meals.

"We are certain that we will prevail…. the only questions being: How many will die starvation-related deaths before state officials sign the agreement?" the prisoners' statement reads, referring to their list of demands.

Unfortunately, these same inmates appear to be oblivious to the additional burden their so-called hunger strike will impose upon California taxpayers. "Each and every prepared meal that goes uneaten amounts to huge waste of taxpayer funded resources, not to mention the uneaten food removal costs that will add enormous tonnage of additional refuse into an already overburdened refuse removal system," stated prominent California Tea Party activist A. Paul Datall.

Datall continued: "Most of the prisoners do better in prison than they do out on the street. They'll go back to eating eventually, because Americans don't know how to go without. In many freedom-loving African countries, for example, peoples are not conditioned to demand entitlement after entitlement, and so they're accustomed to starvation for themselves and their children. But here in America, it's entitlement after entitlement after entitlement."

Outside the gates of Crescent City's Pelican Bay, a handful of no-tax activists yesterday held signs that said such things as, "Let them rot in hell," and "Cheaper to imprison vegetables than gang member creeps."

We expect, as the hunger strike continues, that California's conservative, values-driven citizens will mobilize against the wastage that the hunger strike is creating.

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jul 9, 2013 at 8:39 am

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

The topic is an interesting comment on the strike.

Here is the link to the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity site: Web Link

There is brief coverage by the LA Times: Web Link also has a petition started: Web Link

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Posted by anon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2013 at 9:05 am

let them stop eating, let them sit in their cells 24/7, maybe we can loose a bunch to attrition (death)....California prisons need to take a lesson from the Maricopa County Arizona Sheriff. My god, he has prisoners living in tents when it is 120 degrees outside.

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Posted by taxpayer
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 9, 2013 at 9:59 am

" the only questions being: How many will die starvation-related deaths before state officials sign the agreement?"

I would hope the answer is that every one of them will die. These are the worst of the hard core criminals in our state. Let them starve. Better than what I would like to do to them.

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Posted by Frances
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 9, 2013 at 12:17 pm

There are many homeless in every city. The meals they refuse to eat should be passed out to those that need a meal. Food doesn't go to waste and the prisoners can sit there and starve.
To many in prison anyway!

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Posted by James
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Now we hear that the United Nations has called on all countries to ban the solitary confinement of prisoners except in very exceptional circumstances and for as short a time as possible. First they want to take away our Humvees, now they want to take away our right to punish gang members!

“Segregation, isolation, separation, cellular, lockdown, Supermax, the hole, Secure Housing Unit… whatever the name, solitary confinement should be banned by States as a punishment or ex]tortion technique,” UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan E. Méndez [notice the name] told the General Assembly’s third committee, which deals with social, humanitarian and cultural affairs, saying the practice amounts to torture.

"Indefinite and prolonged solitary confinement in excess of 15 days should also be subject to an absolute prohibition," he added, citing scientific studies that have established that some lasting mental damage is caused after only a few days of social isolation.

But I say that a little bit of brain damage is a small price to pay for the kinds of heinous acts that America's millions of evil doers have committed. Brain damage might make them easier to control, and so taxpayers would have to spend less on prison guards.

Also, I'm very impressed with the suggestion that we simply let the hunger strikers die. Removal of their corpses would then open up cells for all the homeless slackers who now sit around outside of grocery stores scaring everyone with their pathetic looks and pleas for pocket change.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 9, 2013 at 5:36 pm

I cannot support the torture of incarcerated prisoners.

I also don't wish that they die of hunger.

I prefer that their health be medically monitored to avoid serious medical illness.

I do however support the death penalty in cases of extreme cruelty and murder of innocent Americans.

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Posted by James Hurd
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 13, 2013 at 10:30 am

I've just learned that it costs the taxpayer 3.10 per day to feed these ungrateful criminals. Now, they are turning their backs on the high quality food they've been receiving. With 30,000 criminal inmates participating in their hunger strike farce, that means over $90,000 per day is going uneaten, being left to rot. This is not a rational use of taxpayer money. Therefore, any striking criminal inmate should be told that once they reject food, they'll never get another morsel again. They want to fast? The threat would allow them to fast into oblivion which is where most of them should've gone in the first place. Read for additional comments on how to save patriotic taxpayers money currently being stolen from us by the state.

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Posted by Sheriff
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 15, 2013 at 9:49 am

What they get would look like a 5 star restaurant compared to what they would get in Maricopa Co Sheriff (Phoenix) TENTs... NO AC for them in 115 degrees. The people have worshiped Sheriff Arpahio for 15-20 years. CA prisoners are whiners, for being such 'tough' guys.

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