A Beginning Resource Packet for California Prisoners’ Advocates


Prison Officials: A Beginning Resource Packet for California Prisoners’ Advocates

Artwork by Kevin “Rashid” Johnson from the California Prisoners’ Hunger Strike of 2011 (Credits: Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity)

This resource packet for California prisoners’ advocates (researched and edited by members of the Pledge of Resistance and Human Rights Pen Pal Programs, projects of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition) comes from the website of Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity. According to PHSS:

This packet is intended to be a resource to help folks involved in different forms of anti-prison work. The packet contains information on prison officials, ranging from wardens to medical officers, at major prisons in California. There is a specific focus on prisons that have participated in the hunger strikes over the past few years and are classified as higher “security levels” and include solitary confinement. The hope is that this packet will help make your advocacy easier.

A word of warning: officials change quickly at prisons and it is not always well publicized. Often the phone numbers and extensions stay the same for the position, though the emails usually change and are generally firstname.lastname@cdcr.ca.gov Please send any suggestions or revisions to jspec7@gmail.com Many thanks to folks in the PHSS pledge working group and Legal Services for Prisoners with Children who contributed to the information in the packet.

The resource packet includes information on the following topics:

• Map of CA Prisons (pp 3)

• Overview

a. Why the focus on specific prisons? (pp 4)

b. A few definitions (pp 4)

c. General CDCR contacts (pp 4)

d. When you write to a prisoner (pp 5)

• Prison specific information for human rights violations and general information (pp 7)

• Medical information

a. An overview of the CCHCS (pp 13)

b. Medical Info Release Form (pp 14)

• How to Contact an Inmate (pp 16)

• Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

a. Medical advocacy Packet (pp 18)

b. Non-medical advocacy packet (pp 30)

• More Resources (pp 40)

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