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Folsom ASU protesters, dispersed and persecuted, suspend hunger strike, appeal for support inside and out

July 11, 2017

A swift salute to all of the supporters and those concerned with the ongoing fight to reform CDCR’s ASUs

by Anthony Joel Estrada

Supporters traveled to Sacramento to rally outside Old Folsom Prison, encouraging the hunger strikers inside protesting horrible conditions in the ASU, when life is harder than in the SHU, the national model of torturous solitary confinement. That’s Bato Talamantez holding the “Defend Prison Rebels” sign. – Photo: Courtney Hanson

On May 28, 2017, I was “special” transferred under a warden-to-warden agreement to DVI’s ASU (Administrative Segregation Unit). This was done in retaliation for alerting the public to the conditions of confinement at FSP, as well as other ASUs. I was not the only person transferred; prisoner R. Delossantos, F-486401, was transferred to Vacaville CMF merely for exercising the 602 (grievance) process.

As of June 19, the hunger strike has been suspended until further notice. It is unfortunate that we as prisoners must use this process in order to shine light on CDCR’s unwillingness to oversee its ASU conditions.

CDCR allowed Folsom State Prison administration to retaliate, isolate and condone the poor conditions in its ASU. Now I’ve been transferred to even more extreme conditions, where there exist roaches, rodents, no drinkable tap water, and sanitary conditions are that of a third world country.

CDCR allowed Folsom State Prison administration to retaliate, isolate and condone the poor conditions in its ASU.

The fight can always continue with the outside support keeping pressure on CDCR’s top officials and administration to change the property matrix for ASU to expand “administrative SHU” to cover long-term confinement, to implement educational opportunities, rehabilitation programs, sanitary conditions, pull-up bars in ALL cages, and force all prisons with ASU prisoners to install outlets for use of electronic appliances such as TVs, radios and typewriters.

The ASUs are now CDCR’s new SHU, without privileges and incentives, under the guise of short-term detention as discipline. This is far from the truth.

This fight affects everyone now housing in an ASU and those who will eventually come into an ASU. It doesn’t matter what group you may run with or circumstances for ASU placement. This is what it is: back to toothpaste in jelly packets, drinking out of milk cartons, clothes all tore up, freezing during the winter.

ASUs are limited to housing, and now that the Coleman case created STRHs (Short Term Restricted Housing), we’re back to square one. So I encourage prisoners and supporters alike with voices louder than mine to look into this, assist me by 602ing conditions in your ASUs. For those going out on mainlines, look into conditions in your facility’s ASU.

The ASUs are now CDCR’s new SHU, without privileges and incentives, under the guise of short-term detention as discipline. This is far from the truth.

I will continue fighting administration, now through the courts, and hope for relief. Any assistance, guidance or moral support from those aware or educated would be sincerely appreciated.

Thank you to all outside supporters who held rallies and lent their voices for change. I will not let your support go to waste.

Send our brother some love and light: Anthony Joel Estrada, T-80277, CSP-SAC, P.O. Box 290066, Represa CA 95671.

One thought on “Folsom ASU protesters, dispersed and persecuted, suspend hunger strike, appeal for support inside and out

  1. Helen

    Why do prisoners whine? If they think they have it so bad try thinking about our war hero’s that were held in concentration camps tortured skinned alive burnt to death no running water no showers little food or none till they starved to death! And they never committed a crime! They were out saving lives. You prisoners are out taking lives. Of you can’t do the crime don’t commit the crime. Go right ahead starve yourself. Whine whine whine what a joke!!

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