Prisoner in Corcoran SHU Dies While on Hunger Strike

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

Mediators working on behalf of California prisoners on hunger strike are calling for an independent investigation into the July 22 death of Billy “Guero” Sell, a prisoner held in solitary confinement at Corcoran State Prison and a participant in the 3-week-long hunger strike that has shaken the California prison system. Sell’s death is being ruled a suicide by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Prison officials met with mediators last Tuesday, but failed to disclose the fact that a hunger strike participant had died the previous day.

“We are calling for an independent investigation to determine the circumstances around Sell’s death, not just the ultimate cause”, said Ron Ahnen of the mediation team. “The CDCR could have negotiated the demands of the prisoners well before the strike began. Had they done so, I am convinced that Billy Sell would still be with us today.”

Fellow prisoners reported that…

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