DVI on alert for inmate hunger strike
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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A California Highway Patrol car passes by the entrance of Deuel Vocational Institution, 23500 Kasson Road, on Monday, July 8, during a threatened hunger strike by inmates.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
A California Highway Patrol car passes by the entrance of Deuel Vocational Institution, 23500 Kasson Road, on Monday, July 8, during a threatened hunger strike by inmates. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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A California Highway Patrol car passes by the entrance of Deuel Vocational Institution, 23500 Kasson Road, as another officer keeps watch for protestors on Monday, July 8, during a threatened hunger strike by inmates.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
A California Highway Patrol car passes by the entrance of Deuel Vocational Institution, 23500 Kasson Road, as another officer keeps watch for protestors on Monday, July 8, during a threatened hunger strike by inmates. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Officials at Deuel Vocational Institution were on alert Monday, July 8, for a possible hunger strike among inmates, according to prison spokesman Lt. Arnel Bona.

The strike was reportedly initiated by inmates at Pelican Bay in Crescent City, and is expected to spread this week to other prisons managed by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Bona said.

Details about DVI’s possible inmate involvement are only being released by CDCR officials, which operates DVI.

Bona, who spoke outside of DVI just after noon, said CDCR officials “didn’t want individual prisons commenting” about the situation.

An interview request with CDCR officials was being emailed to them by Bona on Monday afternoon. No response had come as of 5:15 p.m.

As part of the strike, inmates are not supposed to eat or work, according to Bona, who also noted that he saw some inmates going to their jobs.

Bona said DVI officials are in contact with CDCR headquarters.

“We’re getting an assessment of how many (inmates) will possibly participate,” he said. “It’s in the initial stages.”

A website, prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com, states the demands of inmates at Pelican Bay.

The mother of a DVI inmate, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation against her son, said the Tracy-based inmates have their own demands.

Inmates are allegedly upset about hot temperatures inside the prison due to the recent heat wave, small meal portions and poor condition of the drinking water.

The mother said the prison shouldn’t “mistreat our kids.”

“My son is in there and he told me they are going on hunger strike today,” she said. “They are asking for little bit more food. Some are going to bed hungry. And the water is like a brown color and they make them drink the water. A lot of the guys getting sick and getting headaches.”

The mother said members of her family had gone to the prison to picket Monday morning, but they went home when correctional officers told them to leave prison property.

Bona said DVI officials requested assistance from the California Highway Patrol and San Joaquin County Sheriff’s office to handle any picketers.

A CHP patrol car and at least two officers were stationed near the prison entrance around noon while sheriff’s deputies made periodic checks of the area.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.
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maldonadomomma
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July 26, 2013
I don't think that clean drinking water, an adequate amount of food, and not to die of a heat stroke is too much to ask for. Criminal or not, everyone has a right to life sustaining resources.

Everyone outside of prison(elderly, homeless, ect) have tons of resources they can tap into. Welfair, food stamps, homeless shelters, food banks, health fairs, clinics, SSI, SSD, credit cards, jobs, ect. Prisoners are incarcerated and cannot get any additional resources unless the prison provides it, and they don't!
victor_jm
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July 11, 2013
Many of us are gluttonous slobs: we love to over-eat. Have any of our readers had a meal at this institution?

What are two vices of criminals? Well, two vices may be observed in the pursuit of sedation and satiation.

nojusticeformyson
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July 11, 2013
About time somebody put something nice. Tracy citizen.
TracyCitizen
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July 11, 2013
"The prison shouldn't mistreat our kids." These criminals are adults, not kids. They made a choice that sent them to prison. Prison is not The Hilton. I would imagine every prisoner has seen a few movies and programs about prison life. Maybe most of them visited a family member or friend inside. They knew what awaited them if they committed a crime.

The only demand I would consider is decent drinking water. That seems reasonable.
PublicCitizen
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July 10, 2013
Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.
Suricatta
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July 10, 2013
To Getrealppl....Everyone is responsible for the choices they make. Whether good or bad, parenting initially provides what is outlined as good or bad behavior. Cause and effect as well as common sense dictates ones personal actions based on what they were taught at home and how they respond to peer pressure. Community does play a part, but ultimately ones own values and personal values over rules, behavior and actions. Because Tracy may not offer the best opportunities as you see it for a teenager's growth does not mean there are not other outlets. Perhaps a change of location or determination to better oneself outside the city limits is a available choice through education or employment. The inmates had a choice whether to knowingly commit the crimes or not, they chose to do so and now face the consequences. As a parent of these children it is indeed heartbreaking, but if they were unable to accept societies rules, then they must face the consequences of their actions. And while you rant about their plight, we as taxpayers have to support their stupid decisions. And that includes you.

Getrealppl
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July 10, 2013
To Suricatta,

You dont know me and that was the most ignorant thing anyone can say. I have made grest decisions in life. That does not mean anyone who has not is not a good person.
mthouseman
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July 10, 2013
getreal....I personally don't care what happened in their life that put them in the place they are today. I do feel that since they were found guilty, either by a judge, a jury, or their own admission, they now have to pay the price that society has determined to be just. Prisons should not be a resort hotel. It should be a place where they suffer for their actions. If that means a little heat in the summer, so be it. If the food rations are less than what they feel like they want, well tough. They should be working to repay society for their deeds. They should be getting an education. 24 hour TV access, nope. Fancy gym equipment, nope. Just hard work, study, eat, sleep and guidance on what society expects and demands. Society is pretty liberal. Not everyone has to be the perfect model citizen, but we do expect the laws to be adhered to. They have two choices; accept it and work to turn their life around, or don't accept it and spend the rest of their lives in a cage like a useless animal. It's up to them at that point.
nojusticeformyson
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July 10, 2013
I dont care what you all think! I love my brother! My son died 9 months ago. He died from a violent crime! I loved my son! TThe guy that killed my son is there in prison. I still feel bsd for him because nobody deserves to be treated like a animal. So talk your stufff and say all of your bad stufff! My son didnt deserve to die! He wasnt in gangs he was a good kid! Until you experience one of your family members in ttouble. Stfu!
nojusticeformyson
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July 10, 2013
You know what talk. I dont care! I know how it is to be on both sides! I lost my soñ! My son died! Dont talk crap! I dontcare what you all think! When you loose a kid,and you have a good heart! Sthu! These guys dont deserve what there going through! So stfu!
nojusticeformyson
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July 10, 2013
Stfup. Talk your stuff! My son died 9 months ago from a violent crime! Until you feel my pain. Stfu! My brother is doing 14 years! He is still my brother and i love him. Maybe gou may not your brother,but i love mine! Yes he made bad choices in his life! But he is still my brothet! Talk crap but dont be a tracy press warrrior,let your stuff be known! Of course not! I will give you my address! Talk crap know!
nojusticeformyson
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July 11, 2013
Sthu. My son died! I still feel bad for that guy! Nobody deserves to go throught that! Talk your crap,what if it was your son our daughter! Would you still talk crap! Hell no you wouldnt! Why! Becouse its your child! No matter what are children do in life! A real mom and dad will be there! If you think different,your cold. No heart! Dont give me that bull!oh you want to say if my child gets locked up thats what they deserve! I will let you tell it!!
nojusticeformyson
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July 11, 2013
Im a tax payer to! And what! I pay my taxes,i work hard just like you! Oh what because my brother is in prison im ghetto to! Please! Your ignorant! When your child,grandkids go to prison,lets talk!
Getrealppl
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July 10, 2013
All of you on here need to calm the hell down. Imagine your child or yourself in that situation! You all would be fighting for the same thing. If you want to sit here talking about these people shouldn't call these men their children, then you have no heart! You want to talk about they shouldn't do the crime if they can't do the time... Well why don't you think about it a different way and get educated. Why not think of better solutions for the community and get better programs in school for these children. You all want to say that you have jobs and have money to eat so why don't you look at your own life and I'm more than sure your kids do drugs, party too much and aren't doing anything good. Before you pass judgement on other people look at your own life. Why don't you all do something to help the community. Help your Tracy! Things that are going on here are not entirely the people's fault. Look at how the community makes these people bad. Shame on all of you for being selfish. Shame on you for thinking you're better.
Hahahahahaha
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July 10, 2013
Raising my kids right and being a positive influence on them are things I am doing to help Tracy (and the world in general).

I took your advice and imagined my own children locked up at DVI. Knowing that I raised them properly, I know it would have been a direct result of their own poor choices that landed them there. I would be a bad parent to insist that they didn't get the full "prison" experience. I'd like for them to be uncomfortable in prison so that they might make better decisions next time and therefore be able to spend time with the family outside of a prison visiting room.

Nobody is denying these inmates their basic human rights. I grew up poor by uneducated parents, but I was raised to be a decent person. I worked hard for an education and I never hurt or stole from anyone. The "terrible" conditions these inmates live in are far better than the conditions I lived in as an innocent child.

Because I was raised to be an upstanding citizen, my own children will not live with the hardships I lived through as a child, nor will they whine and cry and protest their "inhumane" conditions from within those or any other prison walls.

People like you are why abortion is legal.
Getrealppl
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July 10, 2013
To hahaha,

I respected everything you had to say because everyone is entitled to their own comments but that last sentence was unnecessary, childish and shows how much of a idiot you truly are. If you don't know what idiot means look it up in the dictionary. Obviously you were not raised right and are not educated because someone who was educated would not post their opinion with that last sentence. Who cares if you think you workef hard for what you have I'm sure people helped you out and you had opportunities other people do not. You need to recognize that and not everything was done by your own hand. all of you trying to sit here and tell me that I am uneducated I'm actually probably more educated than any of you reading any of these comments. Not only do I have a degree but I also have more of a mental capability to understand the hardships the people in this town have to deal with and work through. Never do I say that I am better than anyone here in this town or any prisoner, everyone is entitled to have a good living conditions.
tracyresdnt
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July 10, 2013
I hope they're still on strike. In my support of their demands, I ate another steak and fed the leftovers to my dog. Carry on!!!
lastword
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July 11, 2013
Until you have a loved one serving time, you will never know. Criminals are not Animals. Its easy for someone to think like you idiots, which goes to show your level of maturity.

These loved ones are only asking for basic needs for them. You, people need to lay off those who only want better living conditions, you need to look.at how stupid you seem. Talking about giving your dog a steak when there's propre starving should be a crime.
Hahahahahaha
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July 11, 2013
Getrealppl,

Having a degree doesn't mean someone is educated or intelligent. I've earned a few degrees, yet I'm still called "a idiot" by someone who can't understand the concepts of basic spelling and grammar.

I do take responsibility for everything I've earned and accomplished. I was no more advantaged growing up than anybody else, except for those with a mental or physical handicap. I was born very intelligent and relatively healthy and I did not squander my natural abilities making excuses for laziness. My siblings and some other family members took a different approach and have carried on the family tradition of remaining poor, uneducated and unwilling to take responsibility for their own positions in life.

lastword,

I have family incarcerated throughout the state. Not all of them are "bad" people but they all made bad decisions. Their actions were not decided by society or members of their community and they are paying for their decisions accordingly.

nojusticeformyson,

I have no sympathy for you or your family members who are behind bars. Based on your barely coherent rants, it is obvious several future generations of my family will be taxed to pay for the incarceration of several future generations of your family.
Justhanginout
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July 10, 2013
What a joke...Let them all starve. Take them all in the back, and do to them what they did to get locked up. This is why our country is all screwed up. We are worried about if dirt bags, murderers, rapist, child molestors, etc... have enough to eat??? Wow!!!!!
mrmnfallacy
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July 10, 2013
...tradition says if you can't do the time, don't do the crime. Pretty basic. Some parents and folks in the system just can't seem to figure this out while pretending to be victims of cruel and unusual punishment while incarcerated. What ever happened to diets of bread and water and living for years without heat or AC while working in chain gangs, instead of receiving guaranteed medical and dental care, and 3 meals/day? Prisoner rehabilitation is just a fallacy, always has, always will
I_said_it
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July 09, 2013
Family members went to the prison to picket on Monday morning? Don't you guys have jobs?? Oh wait, you don't work, and your "kid" is in prison. Sounds about right...
can'tsay
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July 09, 2013
Yep, let 'em starve!
doors17
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July 09, 2013
I’m sure we have many local honest people with kids who are struggling today and would be more than happy to voluntarily eat the free food the prisoners don’t want. I don’t think they’ll complain about portion sizes or the quality of the food and be grateful for the generosity.

Now if we can get the prisoners to go all out on this protest and forfeit their free health care and medication we’ll be able to provide those who are without and everybody’s a winner.

mommyofthree
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July 09, 2013
Oh, I'm sorry..... I forgot this was a 5 star hotel. There are starving children in Africa who less food and dirtier water. If those guys CHOOSE to be there, they get NO demands and they better deal with what they are given!
doors17
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July 09, 2013
Wait here while I get my violin.
tracyresdnt
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July 08, 2013
I had steak tonight in support of their hunger strike. In fact, I vow to have steak every night that their protest continues right up until the very last one of them starves.
tracykite
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July 08, 2013
what a joke. let them starve.
jd1872
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July 08, 2013
3words "Cool Hand Luke"
jd1872
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July 08, 2013
Let them starve. Trust me, in a couple of days the will eat. And if they don't, let them starve. it costs to much to keep them in prison as it is
C3TJ
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July 08, 2013
Strike away - less of my tax dollars paying for their food.
Sneaky
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July 08, 2013
"The mother said the prison shouldn’t “mistreat our kids.”

Your kids shouldn't be breaking the damn law. If they followed that very simple rule they wouldn't be in prison at all and wouldn't have to worry about being mistreated.
Icare!
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July 09, 2013
Geez', do we have a consensus??? I love it! It was hot at my house too 'cause one of them stole my air conditioner!!! I told my wife I wouldn't eat for a few day's, she thought it was a good idea!


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