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California Visits Reinstated after Food Boycott (Letter)

D.R., Vacaville, CA.

On December 17, 1998, an attempted homicide occurred in building 7 of Facility II of the Solano State Prison in Vacaville, California.

The incident involved two white prisoners who were celled together. All white prisoners were immediately placed on lock down and their visits were terminated. This included visits behind glass.

The following week we were still on lockdown with no visits. Christmas was just a few days away. The prisoners involved in the original incident were in the hole. In order to regain their visits white prisoners staged a food boycott by refusing to allow guards to place food trays in their cells. The very next day visits for white prisoners were reinstated.

This is a new trend in California since visiting was removed from the Inmate Bill of Rights. Prison administrators are now trying to just eliminate visits altogether whenever an incident occurs. It isn't right, but it's on prisoners here to struggle together and change these draconian policies.

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