Lift Modified Progam "Lockdown" at Corcoran State Prison 3C Yard

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Since Jan. 9, 2019, an estimated 250 prisoners are on hunger strike within Corcoran State Prison’s 3C facility in response to an indefinite lockdown. They have asked that this info be made public and that their demands be heard.

Background: They and another unit within 3C have been on “modified program” for three and a half months. Here, this essentially means a “lockdown” in all meaningful aspects – no visitation, no canteen, no packages, no educational, rehab or vocational programming, and little yard time.

The pretext for this indefinite lockdown by CDCR of hundreds of prisoners for months on end is an altercation on Sept. 28 which saw three prisoners from their unit attacked and put into the infirmary. Group punishments and indefinite isolation are standard practices by CDCr and must stop.

These practices only escalate trauma and conflict and ultimately only promote violence and destabilization within facilities. The effects are not an accident or “regrettable by-products.” This is how CDCr interprets its mission: control by brutalization and division.

Corcoran 3C demands
Representatives of the unit have composed and relayed their demands to the outside with this message:

“Corcoran State Prison 3C Yard’s Six Core Demands are as follows:

Lift lock-down.
Allow visits.
Allow us to attend educational, vocational and rehabilitation programs that we’re enrolled in.
Allow us to receive commissary and packages.
Give us our weekly 10 hours of mandated outdoor exercise on the yard.
Treat us fairly.
“We’ve been on this peaceful hunger strike since Jan. 9, 2019, and have yet to see change.

“We will continue this hunger strike until our voices are heard.”

The loved one of Corcoran 3C yard have made several calls and emails to different contacts within the CDCR expressing our concerns regarding the lockdown on yard 3C at Corcoran State Prison. The modified program "lockdown" at CSP started on 9/28/18.  While we are aware that the priority is safety for everyone including the inmates and staff the locked will be deemed until there are no further threats to safety; however, after 4-month lockdown, alternative solutions need to be explored. How is it safe when the prions are conducting incremental releases and there is no progress? This violates the CDCR mission statement. Our loved ones need to be allowed to program to resume their rehabilitation. Communication with our incarcerated loved ones is an integral part of rehabilitation. We were unable to have any connection with our loved ones during the holidays due to this lockdown, and the mail is extremely delayed. Facilities such as SVSP have been able to program with the 2 groups with minimum complications. Other facilities such as CTF, AVSP, and PSVP have made modifications and both groups are programming with limitation. We know what works at one prison may not be successful at another; however, the past four months have had no progression toward resuming some type of program.
We as loved one of Corcoran 3C yard are asking that alternative options be pursued for the better of our loved ones in addition to the families. 

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