KTVU reports on inmate's death, interviews SMC Prof. Ron Ahnen





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Published on Jul 31, 2013

KTVU-TV interviewed Saint Mary's politics professor Ron Ahnen about the death of a Corcoran prison inmate. The inmate, who was serving a life sentence, and awaiting trial for a murder charge, was reportedly participating in a system wide hunger strike by inmates. The strike by up to 2,000 inmates across the state, is to protest several prison policies, in particular indefinite solidarity confinement.

An associate professor in SMC's politics professor, and the director of the College's International Area Studies program, Ahnen's research focuses on human rights, police violence and public security policy in Latin America, Brazil and the United States. He teaches courses on human rights and prison reform, such as "Ending Sentences: Life Behind and Beyond Bars," "International Relations" and "Just and Unjust Wars."

Ahnen is also president of California Prison Focus - a human rights advocacy group working to abolish the state's prison system in its present condition. He is part of a mediation group that is lobbying state officials to institute prison reform policies such as establishing a maximum term for solidarity confinement.

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