Tag: Santa Clara County Jail

Inmates in Santa Clara County Jails Start Hunger Strike to Protest Solitary Confinement

Inmates in the Santa Clara County Jails who are part of the Prisoners’ Human Rights Movement sent a letter to Sheriff Laurie Smith with a list of demands and a notice that in October the inmates will initiate a hunger strike to continue their “peaceful protest to end this torturous practice of Solitary Confinement and inhumane treatment until there is tangible and meaningful change for all prisoners – most whom are unconvicted pretrial detainees…” they stated.

"Fight for Him, When He No Longer Can" -- Sister of Man Killed in Santa Clara County Jail Compels County to Act

Shannon Tyree, sister to the late Michael Tyree, who died while in the custody of the Santa Clara County Jail, submits a compelling letter from her home in New York to the Blue Ribbon Commission that is charged with making recommendations to improve jail conditions. The commission was formed after the death of Michael Tyree, in which three correctional officers were charged with murdering him. In her letter, she says Michael would be "stunned by how many people are now with him" and that "Santa Clara County has an opportunity to make change that can reverberate in jails across the nation."
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