Prisoners on Hunger Strike at Sterling Correctional Facility, CO

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The information below is from a prisoner inside of Sterling Correction Facility, stating that prisoners are on a hunger strike. They will continue their hunger strike, with more joining, until their 5 demands are met.

Sterling, CO August 7, 2018

“Right now as I write you this myself, as well as 38 other men here in Sterling’s ‘MCC’ (another name for Ad-Seg) are on 24 hour lockdown for 2 weeks and counting. Some have been on this lockdown for 3 months and counting. At the moment there are 10 engaged in a hunger strike and by the time you receive this letter that number will have doubled…

THE 5 DEMANDS/POINTS OF HUNGER STRIKE

#1.) End of group punishments. Especially the “off the record” policy known as “redtag” used at Sterling. This is in reference to Colorado’s prisons locking down entire groups for one person’s actions. And it is almost exclusively used to lockdown groups of Hispanic inmates, which can force anywhere between 20-100 Hispanic inmates to be held indefinitely in solitary (for no action of their
own) for months at a time. At any given moment.

#2.) Abolish solitary confinement, but especially as a punishment to retaliate against inmates who refuse to attend/participate in intel/ICC interviews.

#3.) C.D.O.C must comply with all parts of the settlement reached in
Decoteau v.Raemisch as well as adhere to the statements made by Rick Raemisch himself in a Oct. 2017 New York Times article and statements where he stated “solitary confinement and extended restrictive housing have been abolished in Colorado. No inmate will be held in RH [restrictive housing] longer than 15 days.”

#4.) Refund all inmates; money for outstanding subscription and GTL
Linkunit accounts due to tablets being recalled.

#5.) Expand educational programs to include some correspondence courses and programs to help build and strengthen family unity between inmates and their families in the outside world.

…this is our final hope at some sort of relief. It is powerful to witness men deprive themselves of the basic nutrients needed for survival in order to fight
oppression, especially when most of us are routinely labeled ‘most
violent'”

 

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4 Responses

  1. […] started at Sterling CI in Colorado. The demands of the prisoners and updates can be found at the DABC […]

  2. […] Colorado, several inmates at the Sterling Correction Facility reported to the Denver Anarchist Black Cross (disclosure: I was also a member of this organization, a prisoner support group, for a number of […]

  3. […] Early August: Around 20 inmates at Sterling Correctional Faciliity in Colorado launch hunger strike and issue demands. According to the Denver Anarchist Black Cross: […]

  4. These men are treated like animals, regardless of what they did they are human beings. My husband was at Crowley and the food made him so sick. Someone needs to help these men. Yes they need to pay for their crimes but they deserve to be treated like humans.

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