Hungerstrike in Corcoran 3C Against Indefinite Lockdown and Group Punishment

Since January 9, 2019 an estimated 250 prisoners are on hungerstrike within California State Prison - Corcoran'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: All units within 3C have been on "modified program" for a 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 28th which saw three prisoners from their grouping 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. This effects are not an accident or "regrettable by-products". This is how CDCr interprets its mission: control by brutalization and division.


Representatives of the unit have composed and relayed their demands to the outside as follows:

"Corcoran State Prison (3C YRD)

6 Core Demands Are As Follows:

  1. Lift Lock-Down.
  2. Allow Visits.
  3. Allow Us To Attend Educational Vocational & Rehabilitation Programs That We’re Enrolled In
  4. Allow us to Receive Commissary & Packages
  5. That We Be Given Our Weekly 10 hrs Mandated Of Outdoor Exercise Yard
  6. That We Are Treated Fairly

***WE’VE BEEN ON THIS PEACEFUL HUNGER STRIKE SINCE JANUARY 9TH, 2019 AND HAVE YET TO SEE CHANGE...
WE WILL CONTINUE THIS HUNGER STRIKE UNTIL OUR VOICES ARE HEARD."

 

PHONEZAP THIS WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, 1/23-24

The hungerstrike representatives have requested phonecalls be made to both the warden and headquarters in Sacramento to amplify the demands. Put aside some time this Wednesday and Thursday, 1/23-24, to make some calls!


SAMPLE SCRIPT and PHONE NUMBERS

"Hello, my name is ***_________. I’m calling to insist that you meet the demands of hunger strikers in Facility 3C at Corcoran State Prison. I understand that this strike is the result of at least three months of an effective lockdown which must end. I demand that you lift the lock-down, and reinstate visits, educational, vocational, and rehabilitative programs, as well as yard time. Reinstate access to commissary, packages, and their allotted 10 hrs of yard time. This is the MINIMUM level of fairness that you are required to provide to people in your care. Thank you."

PHONE NUMBERS
1) Corcoran State Prison (COR) Warden Ken Clark (559) 992-8800 ext.5000 
2) CDCr Division of Adult Institutions - (916) 445-7688

Don't worry about staff or representatives giving you the runaround or denying that anything is happening at Corcoran. Denial and obstruction are standard operating procedure for them.

Please reportback in comments right here!

*** You aren't obligated to give your name if you don't wish. 
Updates 
UPDATE: 5:30PM Wed: Many, many calls have been made with people volunteering to figure out other offices and representatives to call. Supporters are also asking about email addresses where they can send the demands and their own concerns. S0 here ya go! ken.clark@cdcr.ca.gov (Corcoran Warden) ralph.diaz@cdcr.ca.gov (CDCR Secretary) kathleen.allison@cdcr.ca.gov (listed as Undersecretary of Operations) connie.gipson@cdcr.ca.gov (listed as Director, Division of Adult Institution) Also, tomorrow we are calling for people to call CDCR Internal Affairs - Central Region as well to report misconduct by the guards: Claiming that they are letting people on the yard in "incremental release" (small handpicked groups) to manage risk and ensure safety, they instead are dropping small numbers from rival groups on the yard in to setup "dogfights" or "gladiator matches" instead of maintaining separate yard times like they claim to be doing on the programming status report. Guards are stoking conflict and the warden is on a power trip. Let IA know and boost the pressure! CDCR Office of Internal Affairs - Central Region 661-664-2054
UPDATE: Tuesday, 1/29/19 8:00am:: CORCORAN HUNGERSTRIKE UPDATE: A VICTORY! On Monday 1/28, Day 20 of the hungerstrike in Corcoran 3C, the warden came to the negotiating table. As a result, two of the demands have been met and the hungerstrike has been suspended. Last night, 245 prisoners had their first meal in 20 days. Strikers are now getting packages, enjoying full canteen privileges and negotiating a yard schedule. Negotiations to end the lockdown and restore visitation are yet to come. Stay tuned! DIRECT ACTION GETS THE GOODS

Comments

Anonymous (not verified)
Let them off lockdown.omg it's been way to long
Cynthia (not verified)
My husband is there and there was previously a hunger strike due to protective custody inmates serving general population their food during chow time. Most will ask well whats wrong with that? Well protective custody inmates don’t like GP so they urinate on their food, spit on it, and all else deemed inappropiate to do to food. And did Corcoran care? NO They do not give two bits of cents about our loved ones or us.
Errrrr (not verified)
That warden is racist and hates the mexicans
Anonymous (not verified)
This is pure torture! Yes they are prisoners, but not your lab rats. The correctional officers are suppose to be helping the prisoners, not mentally torturing them. This is truly a disgrace of authority!
Anonymous (not verified)
This is honestly such a messed up way to treating humans. Mean while the correctional officers go home every day and socialize. While leaving the prisoners in their small cell! This isn’t healthy for anyone’s mental being.
Anonymous (not verified)
This breaks my heart. Totally inhumane
Anonymous (not verified)
I just spoke to reception for warden and honestly she was very nice..listen to me rant and very angrily state my opinions...but did tell me I was first phone call to come in and complain about this..... this is so sad and I am so concerned about this.
Desiree Gutierrez (not verified)
Do not believe the receptionist (Amanda) there has been numerous calls since last week. She will try and have you talk to the public relations officer SANCHEZ who is no help. Polity i asked my questions and stated my opinion he gave his email address of sanchez.edward@cdcr.gov. Hopefully if we get enough calls something will change.
Anonymous (not verified)
Share this link, on social media so more people can be aware. That’s what I did.
Anonymous (not verified)
This is sick.
Anonymous (not verified)
They are already prisoners. Let them have their visits, dayroom, and classes.
Anonymous (not verified)
This is messed up... my kids MISS their dad! Let THEM OFF LOCK DOWN!? This shits been too long!!??
Anonymous (not verified)
Lift the lockdown it's unfair
Chula (not verified)
Im Nurse I work hard and get taxed, I would appreciate you get tha Warden out of there.This is United States of America not no foreign Country..No one should go without food Please stop this lockdown and feed all inmates, this is insane I haven't heard from brothers who are there C.
Erica Fabian (not verified)
Touch your heart! How would you feel if someone from your family was going thru this? Have some compassion for these prisoners. They are humans!
Angelica (not verified)
Lift the LD, replace the warden!!! Give these men their rights back. They are humans. It’s time for a change in Corcoran. Let’s start by lifting the LD & replacing the WARDEN!
Anonymous (not verified)
Lift the lockdown , letting them starve is not right, they are humans just like you and are only asking to be treated as such.
Anonymous (not verified)
Dont b cruel to inmates. Let them have there visits and outside time. This is in humane
Mimi (not verified)
Ladies file complaints with Internal Affairs they will look in to this matter. Forget everyone else in the prison, believe me they don’t like Internal Affairs cuz they know they can loose there jobs if they determine there violating rules & procedures.
Another wife (not verified)
Per the October 20, 2014, stipulated settlement agreement of Mitchell v Cate, the CDCR agreed to use individualized threat assessment forms to determine who would be retained on a modified program or lockdown. https://www.clearinghouse.net/detailDocument.php?id=97619 Title 15 Regulations: Modified Program means the suspension or restriction of less than all inmate program activities and/or movement. A Modified Program may either occur independently in response to an incident or unusual occurrence or may occur as a facility transitions from a lockdown to regular programming. Imposed restrictions may fluctuate as circumstances dictate with the goal of resuming regular programming as soon as it is practical. Modified programming will last no longer than necessary to restore institutional safety and security or to investigate the triggering event, and shall not target a specific racial or ethnic group. For those inmates whose movement has been restricted, movement may be authorized on a case-by-case basis for essential or emergency services such as medical, dental, mental health or law library visits. The routine and/or temporary restrictions on inmate movement or yard activities, which do not last longer than 24 hours, are not considered a program modification 3383. State of Emergency. (a) A state of emergency shall exist when the institution head or regional parole administrator/deputy director, Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO), temporarily suspends any nonessential operation, procedure, service or function, and the normal time limits or schedules for such activity in order to prevent, contain or control a disturbance. (b) The Assistant Secretary, Office of Correctional Safety, shall be contacted by any of the persons specified in section 3383(a), or their designee, when a state of emergency is declared. (c) Approval of the Secretary or Secretary’s designee is required when: (1) A lockdown or modified program of all housing units/subfacilities within a facility’s security perimeter is to exceed 24 hours. (2) A lockdown or modified program of fewer than all housing units/sub-facilities within a facility’s security perimeter is to exceed 72 hours. (3) The suspension of a facility’s major program or operation is to exceed 72 hours; e.g., an academic or Career Technical Education program, visiting program, yard operation, or dining room operation. Write letters as well to the following: CDCR Secretary Diaz P.O. Box 942883, Sacramento, CA 94283 Roy Wesley, Inspector General Office of Inspector General 10111 Old Placerville Road, Suite 110 Sacramento, CA 95827 Governor Newsom c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA 95814 Sara Smith, Chief Ombudsman & Xina Bolden, Ombudsman for Corcoran Office of the Ombudsman 1515 S Street, Room 311 South Sacramento, CA 95811 Prison Law Office General Delivery San Quentin, CA 94964
Castillo Fabian Rosa (not verified)
This is affecting a lot of families.Its affected mines ,my kids his parents.This is ridiculous.
Tina (not verified)
Sent emails to Ralph Diaz, Edward Sanchez, Ken Clark, Xina Bolden and Gavin Newsome this morning! I’ll update if I hear anything.
J (not verified)
Left messages at both numbers. The woman who answered at the second requested a letter be sent. The woman who answered at the first said she'd pass along a messaged to the warden.
Nube (not verified)
Just called, receptionist took my complaint and said she'd pass it on. She didn't try to detail me. I'll call again just to be certain they're taking this seriously
Jane (not verified)
Left a message with the Warden's office with a woman named Samantha. Said she would pass along the message (meh). Second number the woman stopped me quickly to say she had gotten the requests and that they were being forwarded to the proper staff.
Gabby Ruiz (not verified)
I called and spoke to the Warden's secretary Amanda who wouldn't transfer me to him or provide his email. She advised me to WRITE him a LETTER!! Unbelievable. She said she couldn't discuss this matter since it was not public. I asked her, "how do I know my son is ok after 10 days not eating?" she said I can leave a message for the Public Information Officer and that I can also contact the Ombudsman. I'm flipping out here on the nature of their disposition and callousness. I'm going to have to get my attorney involved.
Gabby Ruiz (not verified)
If anyone has the email addresses for the key contacts, please share. I want to slam Ralph Diaz with an outpour of emails....
"ANGEL (not verified)
ONE THING I AM ACCOUNTABLE TO DO IS ;PRAY THAT OUR GOD WILL POUR HIS SPIRIT ON THIS INSTITUTION TO CHANGE WHAT EVER SITUATION AT HAND IN A POSITIVE MANNER,GIVEING ALL RESPONSIBLE LEADER,ETC.COMPASSION FOR EVERY HUMAN BEING AND WISDOM WITH KNOWLEDGE TO CONDUCT BETTER PRIORITIES, FOR THOSE INCARCERATED .THANK YOU FOR READING THIS AND BEING TOUCH FROM MY HEART AS WELL AS OUR RULER THAT SEE'S ALL.BE BLESSED.
John (not verified)
I left a message with Amanda at the warden's office, who said she would relay my concerns to him. Jolene at the CDCr Division of Adult Institutions said she had our list of demands and would forward them to the executive staff to be addressed.
JB (not verified)
The person who answered at CDCr said that they've received the list of demands and they've been forwarded to the director who oversees Corcoran (someone above the warden). I called the warden's office and Melissa said she would forward along my request.
Anonymous (not verified)
I called the wardens office but I had some sort of audio problem and I could hear them but they couldn't hear me. They got frustrated after a bit and hung up. So I called back and they (Amanda and Melissa) still couldnt hear me so I just kept calling back and making them hang up on me. After about 15 calls finally they said, "If you think this bothers me you're wrong, so if you have something to say about the hunger strike, speak now or forever hold your peace." But I kept calling back and they sounded even more frustrated and then they just stopped answering the phone at all LOL
get the true (not verified)
One of the reasons Corcoran is on lockdown cause your loved one housed there are ordering or commuting acts of violence against another race. This is an ongoing violence across the state of California at other prisons. They are causing harm and to prevent harm and safe life’s which is something I’m sure you guys would want the prison went on lockdown. Also if you read it right they are on Hunger strike. They are provided food but they are refusing to eat. Whose fault is that? It’s theres not the state or the warden or Officers. They can’t spood feed every inmate. Look at the big picture people.
Silly (not verified)
Meet there demands please..
Anonymous (not verified)
get the true...you sound like a CDCR employee spreading lies and false propaganda.The inmates house at Corcoran State Prison that are being affected by the lock down haven't done anything wrong. Any inmate who harms another inmate would be removed from the mainline and put in ad-seg .The inmates who are affected by this lockdown are the ones on the mainline they haven't done nothing wrong if they did they would be removed from the mainline and put in ad-seg(the hole)
Anonymous (not verified)
CDCR is required by law to provide wards in their care with a minimum of ten hours of yard per week.this lockdown is a direct violation of the law,they are not providing the inmates with ten hours of yard per week they are lucky if they get one hour a week. And why can't they be provided with canteen and packages...is eating a security threat ??? And as for visiting Salinas Valley State Prison which is a level 4 , 180 design has bulldogs and southern mexicans that go to visit together with no problems. So how is it that the Warden at Salinas Valley can figure it out but Ken Clark the Warden at Corcoran can't figure it out??? Or is it that he just doesn't want to???
Anonymous (not verified)
Pleasant Valley also has bulldogs and southern mexicans and they get visiting every other weekend. So how is it that the Warden at Pleasant Valley State Prison can figure it out but Ken Clark the Warden at Corcoran can't??? Or is it that he just doesn't want to???
Anonymous (not verified)
My husband just recently got transferred there so he could attend the programs that they offer there. Due to the unfair way things are being ran there is really not understandable. The way there putting people lives in danger by setting up fights with different factions every Tuesday knowing there is animosity between them. I don't understand the purpose of this. It's affecting his family and myself. I'm worried my husband has not ate for the last several days. Meet there demands please.
Desiree IDGAF (not verified)
People are sticking there 2sence in as for Why the men are on lockdown. This is what you need to know CDCR spreads lies and false propaganda.The inmates house at Corcoran State Prison that are being affected by the lock down haven't done anything wrong. Any inmate who harms another inmate would be removed from the mainline and put in ad-seg .The inmates who are affected by this lockdown are the ones on the mainline they haven't done nothing wrong if they did they would be removed from the mainline and put in ad-seg(the hole) CDCR purposely sets up incrementals (basically 2 on 2 of the STG GROUPS so they can fight and end up in the hole. Then they bring in new inmates who are all new to this mess that cant program or eat or purchase canteen! Why can't they be provided with canteen and packages...is eating a security threat ? CDCR is required by law to provide wards in their care with a minimum of ten hours of yard per week.this lockdown is a direct violation of the law they are not providing the inmates with ten hours of yard per week they are lucky if they get one hour a week. And as for visiting, Salinas Valley State Prison which is a level 4 , 180 design has bulldogs and southern mexicans that go to visit together with no problems. So how is it that the Warden at Salinas Valley can figure it out but Ken Clark the Warden at Corcoran can't figure it out? Or is it that he just doesn't want to? Pleasant Valley also has bulldogs and southern mexicans and they get visiting every other weekend. So how is it that the Warden at Pleasant Valley State Prison can figure it out but Ken Clark the Warden at Corcoran can't? Or again is it cause he just doesn't want to??? My opinion is they are just targeting Southern Calif Mexicans !! Why is it Bulldogs program alone but the Southerns program with other races. Let the Bulldogs program with other races too, why cant they ??? But you put a bulldog & Southern mexican on the same yard why don't you let a bulldog & another race go to yard together huh? Its cause you know exactly what your doing Warden Ken Clark you should be ashamed of yourself!!!
Gina- 93611 (not verified)
call Internal Affairs - Central Region as well to report misconduct by the guards: Claiming that they are letting people on the yard in "incremental release" (small handpicked groups) to manage risk and ensure safety, they instead are dropping small numbers from rival groups on the yard in to setup "dogfights" or "gladiator matches" instead of maintaining separate yard times like they claim to be doing on the programming status report. Guards are stoking conflict and the warden is on a power trip!! CDCR Office of Internal Affairs - Central Region 661-664-2054 ask for A.O.D agent Torres !!!
Marie elena (not verified)
I am proud of the Women and Men who are fighting for your loved ones and this matter. Also thank you to this website for posting the news. I was scared of retaliation from the cdcr targeting my loved one if i spoke on the issue or sent emails, or called media. I was thinking the CDCR or C.Os would hurt my inmate. After seen all the positive support you all have gave me the courage and i will be doing my part in participating to have there demands met. Let us all be strong and fight for these men. Pray for a positive victory. God bless everyone-
Or none (not verified)
AOD Torres was so condescending it makes my stomach turn. Said he'll send my concern about incremental release for dog fighting to the prison, but when I asked for a time limit by which they'd have to respond to my call, he said there was none. I hope a lot of us call him.
Anonymous (not verified)
Left message with a receptionist in warden's office. Tried to call Division Adult Institutions but call was dropped right after I gave my name, likely poor reception on my end and I'll be calling back later to see if I can get through. At IA left my information and concerns of misconduct with Officer Torres.
Tina (not verified)
Email zapped again today. Included others at headquarters. No response from yesterday - I’m not surprised. Hang in there y’all! Keep sharing and fight the fight. Prayers to those inside and their families.
Celi (not verified)
This is BS! My husband is a diabetic and he needs to eat.. I submitted a complaint to the dept. of Inspector General.. I’m sure they will contact me in 24 hrs.. I will keep you guys updated
Alma Martinez (not verified)
So Corcoran is still allowed to set up these men to fight DIDNT they get caught allowing all this to happen in the past. Wasn’t this suppose to have stopped? Also I believe CDCR is just creating a bigger problem for themselves these men are only getting more n more mad
IWOC SITE ADMIN (not verified)
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Anonymous (not verified)
This is beyond ridiculous! How is it that within an hour, the black inmates got what they wanted!? But yet, Latinos have been on lockdown for what seems like forever. All because the warden despises Latinos and refuses to give in!? This has been going on for long enough.
Get the true (not verified)
Not true of an inmate hurts another they would be removed, Corcoran prison is the reason all other prisons through out the state went on lockdown. Your love ones you guys are talking about are following prison politics. If they were their own person they would do what’s right, but guess what they are following prison politics that someone else put in front of them. You guys have no clue what happens inside until you guys get a first hand insight of what your so call loves one are doing. Your love ones are told to attack another race on sight. The state is trying to avoid violence. I think it’s funny seeing you guys on here talking all this BS when you. The southern Hispanics are being ordered to attack the bulldogs and if they don’t guess what happens to them. I’m sure you guys know. You guys should be trying to get your so called love ones out of prison instead of being on here. I enjoy reading your guys comments that make no sense.
Get the true (not verified)
Also the incremental realease is an attempt for the different factions to talk and come to a peaceful agreement. The violence occurs when they follow their prison politics to attack cause some one else told them too. If you want your visits back tell your love ones to get a long and they would get all the stuff back they have coming. Don’t blame other people when they are causing this. Really people wake up and smell the coffee
Karla- South ce... (not verified)
Get the true. I sense anonymity anger Or wait your from the other side? Or your just a miserable person! Really, so they can talk peacefully and agree on a issue! DUH WHY DIDNT I THINK OF THAT. Nice cover up tho . You and your fellow CDCR friends are not fooling anyone...Nice try tho...

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