California Prisoners Demand Treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) had been locking classes of prisoners up in solitary confinement since the ‘60s as part of CDCR’s para-military low-intensity warfare, to break the minds and spirits of its subjects, California’s prisoner class. CDCR’s solitary confinement has two operating components: 1) punishing you and 2) physically and mentally destroying you. Read the full article here.

Join Californians in writing, emailing and calling Gov. Brown (916-445-2841 or jerry.brown@gov.ca), Secretary of CDCR Scott Kernan (916-324-7308) and Sen. Holly Mitchell (916-324-7308 or http://sd30.senate.ca.gov/e-mail-holly), who chairs the Public Safety Committee overseeing CRDC, and demand the following government actions be taken to remedy the decades of damage done to us:”

  • That CDCR provide statewide men’s and women’s PTSDSC support groups modeled after the “Men’s’ Group” program we created at Salinas Valley State Prison Facility C, which has been approved by the administration – wardens, community resources managers (CRMs) – for our PTSDSC class and is only awaiting locating a sponsor to get started;
  • That CDCR allow all PTSDSC prisoners to go through this six-month relief program at their respective GP locations;
  • That CDCR provide effective in-service training of staff in fairly and respectfully dealing with PTSDSC class members, including in appeals, disciplinary and medical matters;
  • That CDCR adopt all recommendations in the 2017 report of the Human Rights in Trauma Mental Health Lab at Stanford University, detailing the ongoing negative health consequences that Ashker class members have suffered following their release from long-term solitary confinement into GP:
    • Provide peer-facilitated support groups for all PTSDSC class members; and
    • Provide independent psychiatric care for all PTSDSC class members to receive PTSDSC mental and emotional health and psychological services in this form.
  • That Gov. Brown and the California legislature order the Board of Parole Hearings to stop denying our PTSDSC class members who are serving life sentences a fair opportunity to be released home, thereby doubly punishing and torturing us because we were unlawfully kept in solitary confinement without due process and exercised our constitutionally protected right to peacefully protest with hunger strikes to be released, refusing to debrief and become their snitches.
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