State Complicity in Prison Violence

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Student’s Name Course Tutor’s Name Date State Complicity in Prison Violence Summary of the Reading The History of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Before 1993, prisoners in CDCR facilities had often self-isolated themselves by ethnic groups and race to some extent, and although the type of inter-racial inter-prisoners ferocity that took place in the 1980s was not universally known in the past decades, there had often been an atmosphere of pressure and infrequent attacks, assaults, and killings between and among various racialized convict groups. On July 1, 2011, about 400 inmates in the Pelican Bay State Prison SHU program, accounting for all of the major racialized mob divisions in the CDCR facility, continued an unrelenting famine strike to dispute and repel the unpleasant environment of their undefined solitary incarceration, and the facades that put them there. More than six thousand inmates from all over the CDCR facility had joined the protesters in the famine strike. On July 22, 2011, the strike culminated, continuing for two weeks. Furthermore, on August 12, 2012, a faction of more than a dozen SHU prisoners, including associates of opposing racialized prison mob group, the Mexican Mafia and Black Guerilla Family in the CDCR facility, produced a document called Agreement to End Hostilities, in which these inmate gang spearheads requested a universal termination of aggressions between all prisoners across the CDCR and county prison premises. Besides, on July 8, 2013, at least 30,000 prisoners across the CDCR facility continued a long famine strike that took two months as opposed to two weeks, leading to the

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