Support Riverside County Jail Hunger Strikers!
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There are about thirty people inside of Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside, California, currently on a hunger strike. They have been peacefully protesting since April 13th, 2017, and the jail administrators have yet to meet with the strikers to address their concerns. The county jail's conditions currently undermine their rights and dignity, and the hunger strikers have been retaliated against (limited access to phone, no commissary, no visits).
This is a peaceful call for action to all, regardless of race, creed, and classification. The hunger strikers continue to express their desire to have their demands heard. There are also several of us outside of the prison who are in solidarity with these peaceful protesters and who are willing to maintain that solidarity until the current issues are addressed and a long term plan for operating the jail in adherence to constitutional and statutory protections in place to prevent cruel and unusual punishment.
We are asking administrators to end certain needlessly restrictive policies:
1. Cease and desist enforcing frivolous policies limiting phone access. The jail routinely shuts down phone services six hours a day three days a week while inmates are transported to and from other facilities.
2. Issue and or display times of dayroom access.
3. Increase dayroom time from thirty minutes to one hour.
4. Remove no-see tint from cell windows.
5. End placement in solitary confinement when there exists no serious rule violations to merit such placement. a. Prohibit the use of long-term/indefinite solitary confinement. b. Prohibit the use of solitary confinement based solely on gang allegations, affiliation, validation, etc.
6. Allow a genuine opportunity to be down classed and integrated to general population through a modified group and dayroom program.
7. Jail officials read Ashker v Gov of California Settlement Terms.
8. Provide two sets of all clothes.
9. End jail profiteering and exploitation of prisoners and our families through commissary and trust accounts by waiving the fee associated with putting money on a prisoner’s account.
10. Set commissary prices equal to or cheaper than those set in CDCR e.g. 97 cents for a top ramen soup is outrageous.
11. Provide opportunities for religious services, self-help, and educational programs.
12. End housing mental health prisoners with regular prisoners.
13. Establish accountability for each grievance to catalog the concern.
The hunger strikers believe this is the only tool they have. The policies they are protesting harm the people inside as well as their families. By signing this petition, you will be showing the county that you support these reasonable demands and that these changes and the current situation with the hunger strike need to be a priority for the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, the Sheriff's Department, and the county jails.
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