Hunger Strike Protests Solitary Confinement

Jul 17, 2013

For the second time in three years, California State Prison inmates are staging a widespread hunger strike. And the core issue remains the same—too many men in solitary confinement for too long.

Pelican Bay State Prison is located outside of Crescent City, about 13 miles south of the Oregon border.

In the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at Pelican Bay, there are no windows in the cells, or even the outside exercise area, and precious little interpersonal contact. Carol Strickman, the staff attorney with Legal Services for Prisoners with Children who is part of the legal team attempting to rein in the use of solitary confinement at Pelican Bay, describes what it’s like.


Bay Area journalist Shane Bauer got a first-hand look while preparing a story on Pelican Bay for Mother Jones magazine. He was also permitted to bring along a cameraman to document his visit, as seen in the video below.