Joint Hearing Addresses Use of Solitary Confinement in Calif. Prisons
At a joint hearing of the Assembly and Senate Public Safety Committees on Wednesday, lawmakers examined the state’s use of security housing units for indefinite isolation of prisoners, the Sacramento Bee reports.
The hearing follows a two-month inmate hunger strike protesting the practice (White, Sacramento Bee, 10/9).
Background on Hunger Strike
In July, 30,000 inmates began refusing meals as part of the protest.
Members of the hunger strike — organized by inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison — sought a five-year limit on such isolation, as well as new educational and rehabilitation programs.
Prisoners’ advocates now are pushing the state to:
- End the use of indefinite terms in solitary confinement;
- Change the criteria for…
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