Sunday, July 11, 2010

Inmate Hunger Strike and Work Stoppage at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison at Corcoran

Corcoran – Inmates on Facility-A, a medium security yard at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison at Corcoran (CSATF/SP), participated in a hunger strike and work stoppage this weekend in protest of a lockdown which began on July 9, 2010. Tonight, most inmates began accepting and eating their meals.

Facility-A was placed on lockdown Friday due to the discovery of inmate manufactured stabbing-type weapons on the recreation yard. The lockdown affects approximately 830 inmates that are assigned to Facility-A. During the lockdown staff will be searching the facility for possible additional weapons.

On the morning of July 10, 2010, inmates on Facility-A refused to report to their job assignments, which include kitchen, clerical support, and janitorial duties. Additionally, the majority of the inmates, stating they were on a hunger strike in protest of the lockdown, refused to accept their breakfast meal.

“Given the discovery of inmate manufactured weapons, we are redoubling our efforts to assure the safety and security of inmates and staff,” said Warden Kathleen Allison. “We have policies and procedures in place to manage work stoppages which allow for critical operations to continue,” she said. “Inmates participating in a hunger strike are monitored, assessed, and provided needed medical care and treatment.”

In response to the protest, prison officials met with inmates in an attempt to answer questions and resolve any concerns related to the lockdown. Meals were continuously offered to all inmates during the protest. Inmates with health concerns did not participate in the hunger strike. When Sunday’s dinner was served, almost every inmate was observed eating their meal, indicating an end to the protest.

Several inmates were identified as instigators of the protest. These individuals were removed from the facility and placed in an Administrative Segregation Unit, separating them from the general population.

The California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison at Corcoran, a maximum security prison, is located five miles south of the city of Corcoran. The prison opened in 1997, houses approximately 6,700 medium and maximum–custody inmates and employs approximately 2,000 people.

NOTE- The California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison at Corcoran should not be confused with Corcoran State Prison. They are two different facilities.

Contact:
Lieutenant Stephen Smith
(559) 992-7154
(559) 331-6856