Pelican Bay prison hunger strike in third week
Lawyers for the inmates say they are protesting the Department of Corrections’ practice of isolating prisoners believed to be gang members in harsh segregation units, where they are denied most privileges and are rarely let out of their windowless cells.
An inmate can be put in Pelican Bay if a guard believes them to be in or associated with a gang. No other proof neded. This can included simply being seen talking to a suspected gang member. Once in Pelican the only way out is by being released or snitching.
Pelican Bay is cruel and unusual punishment. A visit to Pelican Bay State Torture Chamber