Note: This post contains graphic description of the violence prisoners have been subjected to.
Hunger Strikers at Menard Correctional Facility write:
Between April 2nd–16th every prisoner was stripped naked. These men were subjected to sexual assault, beatings and stress-position. Large numbers of men were handcuffed so tightly they lost circulation, and they were handcuffed to another prisoner with their hands touching each others’ buttocks. Their legal papers were destroyed. Pen and papers were taken. …
We think it’s not just criminal, but a hate crime. …We ask your help.
They are demanding that Illinois DOC’s Director Salvador Godinez be fired, along with Assistant Warden Lashbrook, Internal Affairs officers Lt. Reichert and Major Ziggler, and Internal Affairs Supervisor Ms. Hecht.
They are further demanding that the all officers involved in terrorizing and violating them in April be charged with a hate crime, and that those who are union members (with ACSME) be decertified.
Please support the Menard hunger strikers by communicating their demands to the following officials by phone: