Hundreds of California Prisoners in Isolation Should Be Covered by Class Action, Attorneys Argue in Court

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

From the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR):

September 26, 2013, Oakland – Today, lawyers from the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) urged a federal judge to grant class action status to a lawsuit challenging prolonged solitary confinement in California prisons.  The case, Ashker v. Brown, was filed on behalf of 10 prisoners in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at the notorious Pelican Bay State Prison who have spent over ten years, and as many as 29 years, in solitary confinement. Three weeks ago, California prisoners, including plaintiffs in Ashker, suspended their third hunger strike protesting their confinement and conditions, after 60 days.  More than 500 Pelican Bay prisoners have been isolated in the SHU for over 10 years; more than 200 have been there for over 15 years; and 78 have been isolated in the SHU for more than 20 years.  Class certification will allow remedies in the…

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