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Beloved political prisoner Hugo ‘Yogi Bear’ Pinell, feared and hated by guards, assassinated in Black August after 46 years in solitary

August 14, 2015

This interview was recorded Aug. 14, 2015.

by Dr. Willie and Mary Ratcliff

Black August adds another hero and martyr to the roll.

From December 1970 to 2014, when he finally had a contact visit with his mother, Yogi was allowed to come out from behind the thick glass in the visiting room and touch a loved one only once: When he married Shirley, they were given 15 minutes together. She later died.

By some accounts, it was his first day on the yard after 46 years in solitary confinement when Hugo Pinell, affectionately known as Yogi Bear, was assassinated Aug. 12. The news sparked a victory celebration by  prison guards on social media: “May he rot in hell” and “Good riddens” (sic), they typed. Yogi was the only member of the San Quentin 6 still in prison, and his role in the events of Aug. 21, 1971, the day George Jackson was assassinated, has earned the guards’ incessant enmity ever since.

“This is revenge,” declared his close friend, fellow Black Panther veteran Kiilu Nyasha, on Hard Knock Radio Aug. 13. “They hated him as much as George Jackson. They beat him constantly, kept him totally isolated for 46 years – no window, no sunlight – but they could never break him, and that’s why they hated him.

“The only way he survived was that this man was full of love.”

Isolated in the Pelican Bay SHU from 1990 to 2014, Yogi supported his SHU comrades’ campaign to end solitary confinement. He participated in the hunger strikes and applauded the Agreement to End Hostilities, authored by 16 of his comrades, Black, Brown and White, and dated Aug. 12, 2012, three years to the day before he was killed. It has nearly erased racial violence from California prisons.

The comrades who conceived and wrote the agreement were following Yogi’s lead.

“There was a time in the prison sys­tems throughout the United States,” according to a story headlined “The Black Panther Party and Hugo Pinell” in The Black Panther newspaper of Nov. 29, 1971, “when the prisoners themselves were divided, not only white against Black, but Latinos against Blacks. This – the result of racism in every area of U.S. society – was particularly apparent in Cali­fornia prisons.

This is the story from the Nov. 29, 1971, edition of The Black Panther. – Courtesy Billy X Jennings, ItsAboutTimeBPP.com

This is the story from the Nov. 29, 1971, edition of The Black Panther. – Courtesy Billy X Jennings, ItsAboutTimeBPP.com (Click to enlarge)

“Blacks and Latinos fought, stabbed and killed each other in the yards, cell blocks and dining halls of every prison camp from Tehachapi to Tracy. This is always the case when the racist white prison guard, under administration orders, pits one man struggling to survive against another.

“It is the easiest way for the prison to assure almost absolute control over its inmate population. After all, only an idiot would believe he could control 100 men with one man, unless the 100 were divided. Quite often men were paid to start fights between two men. …

“(B)rothers and sisters across the country inside the maximum prisons began to awaken to the fact of their oppression. They began to realize, as Comrade George Jackson would say, that they were all a part of the prisoner class.

'The Black Panther Party and Hugo Pinell' by The Black Panther 112971-2, web

“They be­gan to realize that there was no way to survive that special brand of fas­cism particular to California prison camps except by beginning to work and struggle together. … The prisoner class, especially in California, began to understand the age-old fascist principle: If you can divide, you can conquer.

“There are two men who were chiefly responsible for bringing this idea to the forefront. They helped other com­rade inmates to transform the ideas of self-hatred and division into unity and love common to all people fighting to survive and retain dignity. These two brothers not only set this example in words, but in practice.

“Comrade George Jackson and Comrade Hugo Pinell, one Black and one Latino, were the living examples of the unity that can and must exist among the prisoner class. These two men were well known to other inmates as strong de­fenders of their people.

“Everyone knew of their love for the people, a love that astounded especially the prison officials of the state. It astounded them so thoroughly that these pigs had to try and portray them as animals, perverts, madmen and criminals in order to justify their plans to eventually get rid of such men.

“For when Com­rades George and Hugo walked and talked together, the prisoners began to get the message too well.

“In a well-planned move, the state of California and the U.S. government carried out the vicious assassination of Comrade George Jackson, field marshal of the Black Panther Party, on Aug. 21, 1971. Their plans to slaughter Hugo Pinell are now in full swing.”

What happened on New Folsom Prison’s B yard on Aug. 12, 2015?

In California, the prisons are abundantly funded, but the billions of taxpayer dollars are spent in secret, as the media are prohibited from covering prisons. So the stories coming from the mainstream media about Yogi so far are based on press releases from CDCr, the Corrections Department, not from reporters who go inside to hear from prisoners.

Highly paid prison guards and their CCPOA (California Correctional Peace Officers Association) are called the most powerful lobby in the state. Guards at New Folsom, located in a suburb of Sacramento, the state capital, likely exert much of that influence. Is that why Yogi was sent there after more than 23 years at Pelican Bay?

“Once a man declares that he will retain his dignity, that he will not forfeit his manhood, then he has in essence declared war against the prison,” The Black Panther reported on Nov. 29, 1971. “He has declared war upon the guards, who operate on the smallest amount of intelligence and human un­derstanding, and upon the prison and state officials, whose every move is planned and calculated to help in this government’s last feeble attempts to quell the desire of the people to see power returned into the hands of the people. Hugo, from the very beginning of his imprisonment, made that declaration.”

Yogi’s enemies were not his comrades in the prisoner class – though he reportedly died at the hand of one or two prisoners, said to be white, though their race is unconfirmed. He was no threat to other prisoners. It was the guards who loathed him and loath the Agreement to End Hostilities, which he exemplified and set in motion over 40 years ago.

Sitting in the sunshine on the San Quentin yard in 1976 are Khatari Gaulden and Hugo Pinell. – Photo courtesy Kiilu Nyasha

Sitting in the sunshine on the San Quentin yard in 1976 are Khatari Gaulden and Hugo Pinell. – Photo courtesy Kiilu Nyasha

Did they have him killed to demolish the agreement, to rekindle all-out race riots? Riots are job insurance for guards.

Several of the authors of the agreement have also been transferred to New Folsom, where they have been educating other prisoners to understand and wield its power. A prisoner on the C yard, Hakim Akbar-Jones, P-85158, wrote this to the Bay View in July:

“Let this be understood: At CSP Sacramento on the C yard, the End to Hostilities Agreement is in full effect. Even though the summertime is here, there is rhythm and harmony amongst respective class members. There are diligent efforts made on all fronts to work hand to hand in solidarity to build a better future amongst the prison class. With this said, we stand fast and salute all conscious guerrilla revolutionaries whose concepts have been brought forth and come to fruition, those in solidarity who support the movement, thus bringing on and creating positive change for the oppressed.”

Does this sound like a place where Hugo Pinell, the legend, the giant amongst conscious guerrilla revolutionaries, would not be protected? Did the other prisoners even know that Yogi would be joining them on the yard on Aug. 12?

What else are the guards afraid of?

Three initiatives are underway that could empty the SHUs and empower the remaining prisoners, and the guards, fearing for their jobs, are fighting them. A reasonable assumption is that the guards expect that the assassination of Hugo Pinell will see a return of the bad old days of racial violence to “justify” filling the SHUs and guaranteeing job security and top pay for guards:

Black Guerrilla Family – According to family members of prisoners who have been negotiating the hunger strikers’ demands with CDCr administrators since the hunger strikes began in 2011, CDCr has decided to remove the Black Guerrilla Family from the list of eight prison gangs because it’s a political not a criminal organization, but reportedly the guards and their CCPOA are furiously opposed. If BGF is not a prison gang, then all the Black prisoners “validated” as BGF “gangsters” would have to be released from SHU.

George Jackson University – Abdul Olugbala Shakur (s/n James Harvey) recently settled a suit to legitimize George Jackson University, which 25,000 prisoners signed up for when he and other prisoners and outside supporters founded it years ago. Guards are adamantly opposed to the distribution and study of books that prisoners might find mentally and spiritually liberating and have prevented the prisoner-led institution from taking root. Though the settlement terms have not yet been revealed, guards are undoubtedly fearful.

Hugo Pinell in 1982

Hugo Pinell in 1982

Class action lawsuit to end solitary confinement in California – Currently in settlement talks with CDCr are the attorneys for the plaintiff class of prisoners who have been held in the Pelican Bay SHU for 10 years or more. The attorneys are led by Jules Lobel, president of the very prestigious New York based Center for Constitutional Rights, the public interest law firm that also represents many of the hunger-striking prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. The New York Times is giving the case multi-media coverage, including a recent video showing some of the plaintiffs describing how they survive the torture of long term solitary confinement. If the case doesn’t settle, trial is set for December.

These initiatives, bolstered by the awakening in the court of public opinion to the evils of mass incarceration and solitary confinement, are driving efforts by California prison guards and their “union,” CCPOA, to demolish the carefully constructed Agreement to End Hostilities and revert to racial warfare that divides and conquers prisoners of all colors so that the guards can rule over them as cruelly as they want without getting their hands dirty.

We call for a full independent investigation immediately

The Bay View, joining a consensus of prisoner family members and advocates, calls for investigations into Yogi’s death at both the state and federal level. We challenge California Attorney General Kamala Harris, now a candidate for U.S. Senate, and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to demonstrate they believe this Black life – the life of Hugo Pinell – matters. Harris, whose office acts as the attorney representing CDCr, needs to counsel her client to reign in the guards, especially the gang investigators.

We also call for the full and fair investigation of all deaths in jails and prisons, where incarcerated people are routinely abused and tortured and even killed. Begin with Sandra Bland and Hugo Pinell.

Yogi’s attorney, Keith Wattley, says his family is planning a wrongful death lawsuit.

Honor our fallen comrade

Long live Hugo Pinell, who showed us the power of the human spirit, that love can survive and overpower hell on earth.

Hugo Pinell in 2001

To anyone tempted to avenge Yogi’s death against another race, remember the wisdom of the Panthers: “If you can divide, you can conquer.” Ever wonder why the Bay View calls our prison section Behind Enemy Lines? The prison system, not another prisoner, is the enemy that hopes you won’t get out alive.

Embrace Yogi’s spirit and read the words that follow from current and former prisoners who loved him back.

Dr. Willie Ratcliff is publisher and Mary Ratcliff is editor of the San Francisco Bay View. They can be reached at editor@sfbayview.com or 415-671-0789.

Yogi’s time

by Mumia Abu-Jamal

Written July 30, 2006 – Few of us know the name Hugo Pinell.

That’s because the last time it was in the newspapers was probably in 1971, or 1976, when he was tried as a member of the famous San Quentin 6, six young Black prisoners facing assault charges stemming from battles with prison guards at the notoriously repressive California prison.

Yet that wasn’t the beginning nor the end of things.

Hugo Pinell (known as Yogi by his friends) came to the U.S. as a 12-year-old from a small town on Nicaragua’s East Coast. If he knew then the hell he would face in America, would he have left the land of his birth? We’ll never know.

He came. And he spent the last 42 years in prison – 34 of them in solitary! He hasn’t had a write-up in 24 years.

Now, his family and lawyer are seeking his parole after a lifetime in some of the most repressive joints in America.

Why so long? Why so many years? The answer, not surprisingly, is politics. Hugo was a student and comrade of the legendary Black Panther Field Marshal, the late George Jackson, with whom he worked to organize other Black prisoners against the racist violence and prison conditions of the ‘60s and ‘70s.

Consider this: When Hugo was sent to prison, Lyndon Baines Johnson was president, bombing in the Vietnam War was intensifying and Martin Luther King Jr. was still alive!

Of his introduction to the prison system, Yogi would later write:

Of these three political prisoners, Hugo Pinell, Mumia Abu Jamal and Nuh Washington, only Mumia is now alive, and his health has been precarious lately due to the prison system’s medical neglect and abuse. – Art: Kiilu Nyasha

Of these three political prisoners, Hugo Pinell, Mumia Abu Jamal and Nuh Washington, only Mumia is now alive, and his health has been precarious lately due to the prison system’s medical neglect and abuse. – Art: Kiilu Nyasha

“I was 19 years old when I turned myself in. I pled guilty to the charge of rape with the understanding that I would be eligible for parole after six months. When I arrived at the California Department of Corrections, I was informed that I had been sentenced to three years to life.”

California’s notoriously unjust indeterminate sentencing has led in part to the present prison overcrowding that now threatens to bankrupt the system. California’s prisons are roughly 172 percent over capacity, and parole is a broken, nonfunctional agency.

That’s not just my opinion, but California State Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, has called the present regime a “failure,” particularly the parole system.

Despite California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2004 promises of major reforms of the parole system, which would lead to significant prisoner population reductions, the incarceration rate has soared. Today, there are a record 168,000 people in 33 state prisons, nearly double the rated capacity.

As Hugo Pinell seeks parole, California is spending $7.9 billion – yeah, with a “b”! – in the next fiscal year, an increase of $600 million a year for a prison system that has one of the worst recidivism rates in the nation, 60 percent!

Clearly, the so-called “Correctional and Rehabilitation” Department has failed in its mission to do both.

Support parole for Hugo Pinell; 42 years is more than enough.

© Copyright 2006 Mumia Abu-Jamal. Keep updated at www.freemumia.com. His new book is “Writing on the Wall,” edited by Joanna Hernandez. For Mumia’s commentaries, visit www.prisonradio.org. Encourage the media to publish and broadcast Mumia’s commentaries and interviews. Send our brotha some love and light: Mumia Abu-Jamal, AM 8335, SCI-Mahanoy, 301 Morea Road, Frackville, PA 17932.

Hugo Pinell – Rest in Power!

by Claude Marks

Graphic courtesy Freedom Archives

Graphic courtesy Freedom Archives

We are saddened by the news of Hugo Pinell’s death. Hugo Pinell always expressed a strong spirit of resistance. He worked tirelessly as an educator and activist to build racial solidarity inside of California’s prison system.

Incarcerated in 1965, like so many others, Hugo became politicized inside the California prison system.

In addition to exploring his Nicaraguan heritage, Hugo was influenced by civil rights activists and thinkers such as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King as well as his comrades inside including George Jackson. His leadership in combating the virulent racism of the prison guards and officials made him a prime target for retribution and Hugo soon found himself confined in the San Quentin Adjustment Center.

While at San Quentin, Hugo and five other politically conscious prisoners were charged with participating in an Aug. 21, 1971, rebellion and alleged escape attempt, which resulted in the assassination of George Jackson by prison guards. Hugo Pinell, Willie Tate, Johnny Larry Spain, David Johnson, Fleeta Drumgo and Luis Talamantez became known as the San Quentin 6.

Their subsequent 16-month trial was the longest in the state’s history at the time. The San Quentin 6 became a global symbol of unyielding resistance against the prison system and its violent, racist design.

As the California prisons began to lock people up in long-term isolation and control unit facilities, Hugo was placed inside of the SHU (Security Housing Unit) in prisons including Tehachapi, Corcoran and Pelican Bay. There, despite being locked in a cell for 23 hours a day, he continued to work for racial unity and an end to the torturous conditions and racially and politically motivated placement of people into the SHU. This work included his participation in the California Prison Hunger Strikes as well as supporting the Agreement to End Racial Hostilities in 2011.

At the time of his death, Hugo had been locked behind bars for 50 years, yet his spirit was unbroken.

Claude Marks, director of Freedom Archives, 522 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110, (415) 863-9977, www.Freedomarchives.org, can be reached at claude@freedomarchives.org.

Hasta Siempre Hugo (Forever Hugo)

Solidarity forever

And we are saddened

Solidarity left

You when (it) should have

Counted for something and

What your long imprisoned

Life stood for

Now all your struggles

To be free have failed

And only death

Inglorious and violent

Death has

Claimed you

At the hands of the

Cruel prison system

La Luta Continua

– Bato and the San Quentin 3: Willie “Sundiata” Tate, David Johnson and Luis “Bato” Talamantez, who can be reached at batowato@gmail.com

The People’s Minister of Information JR Valrey interviews David “Giap” Johnson, former member of the San Quentin 6 and comrade of Field Marshal George Jackson, about the history of Black August and the assassination of George Jackson on Aug. 21, 1971, at San Quentin.

 

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56 thoughts on “Beloved political prisoner Hugo ‘Yogi Bear’ Pinell, feared and hated by guards, assassinated in Black August after 46 years in solitary

  1. Geoff R

    So full of love that he killed people. What a one sided perspective, but then again so is this piece of shit newspaper. If you only knew and reported what prison is really like and told any truth you might see it differently, but then again I doubt it coming from biased inmate loving newspaper. May your journalism rot in hell like that piece of shit Pinell.

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    1. SweetestGirl

      How the hell do you know jackass Geoff. Really I bet you are someone who has/had committed multiple crimes huh? That's why you are speaking sideways out your neck. I bet you are also white too. You won't get it because you have a tiny brain that will NOT LET YOU THINK THINK PAST IGNORANC. Why don't you take time out your narrow minded day, and actually get to know someone who is locked up 23.5 hrs a day. And that's on a good DAY, when the prison guards are in a good mood. Ya I do have family in there n other SPOTS ACTUALLY SOME OF THESE GUYS ARE SERVING TIME FOR THINGs THEY DIDN'T DO. New flash NOT EVERYONE IS GUILTY BUT BECAUSE OUR JUSTICES system is a crock of shit.

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  2. Art

    Somebody mentioned that George Jackson was a loving person. Well all that love left when he murdered that prison guard.

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    1. sundiata tate

      how many unarmed black / brown prisoners have been murdered by prison guards or set up to be murdered by racists? black people had a right then and a right now to self defense.

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    2. John R

      And the courtroom judge that George Jackson, that loving, wonderful, generous, sweet natured human being, duct taped a smuggled (by that other wonderful human being, Angela Davis?) shotgun to his neck to use as a shield, but pulled both triggers, killing the judge instantly.

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  3. WC

    let’s see he was a rapist on the streets…..in prison he would stab and rape other inmates he was a psycho piece of shit…after stabbing and rapeing so many other inmates over the years you think it’s a big surprise somebody got a piece of his ass

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  4. WC

    The POS would not have spent so much time in the SHU AND WOULD HAVE more then likely have gotten out if he could have keep his dick out of other inmates asses …

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    1. SweetestGirl

      Wc’- where in earth are you getting your info.? Really guards cant set up prisoners? What world are you in.because they can be worse than gangs.oh fyi rapist dont go to the SHU fool rapist n child rapist go PC n get treated like royalty like the snitches n rats they are placing out in gen pop. Oh wait WC did you actually buy the crap they hand out to narrow minded people like you. WHO RAISED YOU. HOW DARE YOU OR ANYONE SPEAK ILL OF OUR DEAD. HAVE SOME RESPECT….

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  5. grimreaper

    Hated by Guards? Who did he murder? Guards……who kept his ass alive all those years Guards. I hope he loves burning in hell.

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    1. Luis Masis

      Redemption is only given by The Father, if you knew God you would’nt be so hateful. It would be ironic for you if Hugo was I the Heavenly Kingdom and you ended up in hell ease f his hate. It is not how lived your life, but how you finished your life that matters.

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      1. Ben Golan

        You forgot, You must repent, He was an evil, sick, disgusting, vile thing. It's not how you finish your life it's how you served and repented. Case closed.

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  6. Corndog

    ^^^ prison guards are not anonymous, though they think they are. When all you have left to argue with is insults propaganda and lies, you never had a leg to stand on. Rest in power Hugo!

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  7. been there

    Do your research and print the truth for a change,there is no such a thing as solitary confinement at PBSP

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  8. Edward C. Stengel

    The same "divide and conquer" mentality of the prison system exists everywhere in American society. The politicians are just like the prison authorities – keep the different races hating and distrusting each other, and then they won't have time to concentrate on the real enemy – their own government. We need a lot more men like Hugo Pinell and George Jackson, both in and out of prison.

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  9. Bog

    He was murdered by cdc! He was released to B yard new folsom that bldg is a half bldg with a shu and ad seg and mental patients doped up on pills zombies. He was placed on that gen pop on purpose so the guards could bribe a white to kill yogi on a small yard. He should have been classified to C yard where its bigger n all the fellas go to from pelican bay. He was murdered by the guards! Thats a mexican controlled pen. The mexicans dont support what happened to yogi at their pen. They support the afrikan political prisoners at that pen not the whites violence times have changed!. All fingers point to guard killers! B yard new folsom tier 1 and 2 is gen pop, tier 3 and 4 solitary confinement and the rest are 51. 50 mental. Less population than a regular DRB yard that all step down inmates are at. This was a set up by cdc guards. There was no one of yogi’s status on B yard when he was killed they are all classifield on C yard at new folsom. TRUTH! Rest in peace Yogi.

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    1. the truth

      I don't think you read this right champ! Yogi was killed by an inmate! not the guards. you know damn right or (you should) inmates run their own program and do as they please out in the yards, guards don't call the shots to put out hits like this. its all politics, prison politics! they are in prison for a reason, not for being stand up guys! c'mon now! If the guards really wanted him dead, that would have happened decades ago, but he managed to stay alive for a long ass time! this article is really biased and I really believe the only people that read this stuff are people who are against this article because there are no supporters here sorry! its crazy some peeps really convince themselves that he was a good man and that the guards did it! funny chit

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  10. Bog

    Guards bribing a white to kill yogi behind the mexicans back at their own pen. Not a good move for the guards and not a good move for the whites.

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  11. Jw

    The truth will come out . it could by correctional officers, inmates or investigators….then let settle in and move on

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  12. Marly

    He was let out of SHU because of the step down policy implemented after the hunger strikes and public protests. People don’t understand he was in SHU because he was a dangerous man, but he was also in danger. He is not black. He is an illegal alien from Nicaragua. But because of his notoriety both white and Hispanics had him marked. Per the new stepdown program, CDCR had to release him from SHU as well as others. The guards have no say. It’s the lwamakers, administrators who do that. He didn’t want to be released. Guards don’t like blood and murders on their shift. That is a bad day. The reality of it is bad decisions made by people who don’t ever have to walk the line.

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    1. SweetestGirl

      Who the hell do you think does the classification? Who do you think gets to validate these guys? Again do your homework do your researc. Maybe idk open your mind and realize that our correctional system is just evil n dangerous as they label these Gentleman. Again , maybe actually take the time to get to know anyone of these "Dangerous" guy's. That the prison guards have label.

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  13. Curious

    What I don't understand is how come everything went down on yard B but yard C is on lockdown? It makes no sense! Something is missing! Theres a huge cover up here………… If anything the entire prison should be on lockdown.

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      1. James

        It happened on B yard on Wednesday and B yard is not on lockdown? Then why are all the races on C yard on lockdown since Wednesday when nothing happened on that yard?

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  14. Jane Jewell

    I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Hugo Pinell. He was such a warm and compassionate man. I was so looking forward to taking him to the beach when he was released, to see the ocean, to hear the waves crashing on the shore; then to the top of a mountain, to see the glorious views; and then to see the magnificent redwood trees. He would have so loved all that.

    People who never had the privilege to meet Hugo Pinell will never know the real Hugo; as he called himself, ” the new man “.

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  15. James Watson

    All of this is saddening. He certainly acted in ways that no evil person could understand. He turned himself in when he had been falsely accused of rape, and as he said, pleaded guilty (as a young man not knowing how to handle the false accusations and the system) because everyone (his family, etc.) was telling him that would be the best way to handle this, instead of continuing to fight. To serve a short sentence and be released. An evil person wouldn't even pretend to advocate for fairness, love, and equality. The above comments that elicit nothing but shear hatred and repulsion are coming from hateful and repulsive people, unfortunately the colors are being seen that Hugo had to deal with his whole life. There is fairness in the next life, Hugo certainly attained the ideals that we would all hope to achieve even in our blessed and free states. May he serve as an example to all of us to love, and to continue to strive for the betterment of others. You can only see a sweet spirit, a kind soul in all of his writings and in that genuine smile. You can only see hatred in the comments above. Who would God want to spend His time with? I think the answer is clear. May all of our actions show love, rest in peace, Hugo, may we all strive to follow in your example.

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    1. Jane

      Thank you James Watson for writing that. The word I heard most today was ‘ love’ ; the love that Hugo had for his fellow man, his family, and all who had the privilege to meet him; and the tremendous moral support and compassion he showed other prisoners who needed help. It was a honor to meet his family for the first time today; they gave us such a warm welcome into their home. There are so many that could learn from Hugo, such as Keith Marshall, who sadly seems to be so full of hate.

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  16. Keith Marshall

    Piece of Shitz got what he had coming. Sorry it took so long. Hope he rots in hell with his vicious comrades.

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  17. James

    Let me guess Keith , sf bay view got it correct you must be employed by cdc. Gosh how did I guess. People can change for the better away from their past and if you believe in cdc’s statement of REHABILITATION then you would understand that Hugo Pinell was a changed man for the better.

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  18. MQT

    I don't understand the math in this article – "Isolated in the Pelican Bay SHU from 1990 to 2014" – that is 24 years not 46

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  19. MQT

    AND if his last day in solitary was 2014, how did he get killed his first day on the yard in 2015? Where was he for a year?

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    1. sfbayview

      Pelican Bay is not California's only SHU. He was in other SHUs before Pelican Bay opened, and in January 2014, he was moved to the SHU in New Folsom Prison. He'd been released from the SHU to the mainline for only a day or a few days; we don't yet know the exact date of his release.

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