$ 35.00 donated in past month
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Wed Nov 25 2015Landmark Agreement Ends Indeterminate Long-Term Solitary Confinement in California
Wed Nov 25 2015California Prisoner Hunger Strikes & Class Action Lead to Major Limits on Use of the SHU
Led by those inside California prisons, who often put their lives on the line, a settlement was reached on September 1 in the federal class action Ashker v. Governor of California that will mostly end indeterminate, long-term solitary confinement in all California state prisons. Subject to court approval, the agreement will result in a dramatic reduction in the number of people in solitary across the state and a new program that could be a model for other states going forward. The class action was brought in 2012 on behalf of prisoners held in solitary confinement at the Pelican Bay, but the settlement reaches prisoners across California with over a thousand people set to make it out of Security Housing Units (SHU).
When the case was filed in 2012, more than 500 prisoners had been isolated in the SHU at Pelican Bay for over 10 years, and 78 had been there for more than 20 years. They spent 22 ½ to 24 hours every day in a cramped, concrete, windowless cell, and were denied telephone calls, physical contact with visitors, and vocational, recreational, and educational programming. Hundreds of other prisoners throughout California have been held in similar SHU conditions. Extensive expert evidence in the case established severe physical and psychological harm among California SHU prisoners as a result of prolonged solitary confinement.
The new settlement transforms California’s use of solitary confinement from a status-based system to a behavior-based system; prisoners will no longer be sent to solitary based solely on gang affiliation, but rather based on infraction of specific serious rules violations. It also limits the amount of time a prisoner can spend in the Pelican Bay SHU and provides a two-year step-down program for transfer from SHU to general population.The agreement creates a new non-solitary but high-security unit for the minority of prisoners who have been held in any SHU for more than 10 years and who have a recent serious rule violation. They will be able to interact with other prisoners, have small-group recreation and educational and vocational programming, and contact visits.
The National Lawyers Guild and other parties to the settlement note that the settlement does not completely eliminate indeterminate long-term solitary confinement and that prison guards and other officials may create new forms of harassment. Carol Strickman, Guild member and staff attorney at Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, cautions, "This important victory is only one step towards the abolition/transformation of the prison system. We must continue to push for change."
Landmark Agreement Ends Indeterminate Long-Term Solitary Confinement in California | NLG Plays Pivotal Role in Solitary Confinement Victory
See Also: Janetta Johnson on Trans Resistance and Resilience: From Solitary to Re-Entry | Extreme Isolation of Gang Leaders in Prisons is Un-Constitutional and Amounts to Torture | Torture Continues: CDCR Settlement Screws Prisoners | Unconstitutional Solitary Confinement in America | Struggle against solitary confinement and a new humanism | Strategy & Organizing Training on Ending Solitary Confinement | BBQ at Mosswood Park to Build California Families Against Solitary Confinement | Santa Cruz Supports Statewide Coordinated Actions To End Solitary Confinement | Oakland-Statewide Coordinated Actions to End Solitary Confinement | Santa Cruz-Statewide Coordinated Actions To End Solitary Confinement (SCATESC) | Statewide Coordinated Actions to End Solitary Confinement Continue | SF-Statewide Coordinated Actions To End Solitary Confinement (SCATESC) | Statewide Coordinated Actions To End Solitary Confinement Begin | Coastside Vigil in Santa Cruz Protests Use of Solitary Confinement | Santa Cruz Statewide Action to End Solitary Confinement | Oakland-Statewide Coordinated Actions To End Solitary Confinement (SCATESC) | Sin Barras meeting — Statewide Action to End Solitary Confinement
Previous Related Indybay Features: Statewide Actions to End Solitary Confinement Grow in Third Month | Rallies Statewide Commemorate the Day 30,000 Prisoners Refused to Eat | Supporting California and Santa Cruz Prison Hunger Strikers at 'Hunger for Justice' | Community Education in Solidarity with Prisoners' Hunger Strike | Rallies and Demos Begin in Support of 2013 California Hunger Strikers | March and Noise Demonstration in Solidarity with SHU Hunger Strike | Prisoner Hunger Strike Begins at Pelican Bay in Crescent City
'Soledad Brother' John Clutchette Granted Parole; Don't Let Gov. Jerry Brown Reverse It! (1 comment) Thursday Jan 18th 9:38 PM
Northern California's Delayed Crab Season Opener Threatens Whales Thursday Jan 18th 9:09 PM
Response to the threats of Northern California ICE Raids (1 comment) Thursday Jan 18th 8:28 PM
Delta Tunnels Hearing at Water Board Delayed Until February 2 Wednesday Jan 17th 5:32 PM
Delta Tunnels Opponents File Motion to Stay California WaterFix Hearing Tuesday Jan 16th 2:05 PM
San Francisco Passes Resolution Against Offshore Drilling, Fracking (1 comment) Wednesday Jan 10th 10:24 AM
Court Rejects California's Blanket Approval for Pesticide Spraying Wednesday Jan 10th 10:20 AM
North Coast groups, fishermen slam Trump plan to open offshore drilling in federal waters (1 comment) Tuesday Jan 9th 1:05 PM
Why would honest men spread dishonest information about Pacifica's finances? (1 comment) Friday Jan 5th 11:52 AM
Empire State Realty Trust investors have an interest in feud with the Pacifica Foundation (1 comment) Friday Jan 5th 8:56 AMMore Local News...
[ × close ]
Struggles of Using Legal Recourse as a Path Toward Better Prison Conditions Thursday Jan 18th 10:38 PM
Lawsuit Challenges Development That Could Doom California's Santa Ana Mountain Lions (1 comment) Thursday Jan 11th 7:34 PM
Honor Roll of BDS Organizations Banned by Zionist Israel Sunday Jan 7th 3:14 PM
Kwanzaa: Preserving Pan African Heritage in the "Farm to Fork Capitol of America" Friday Dec 22nd 4:37 PM
Expanding Participation with the 2017 Ag Census in the "Farm to Fork Capitol of America" Friday Dec 1st 5:53 PM
Nuclear Shutdown News November 2017 Sunday Nov 26th 4:38 PM
Costco Pies Are Cheap; And Contain Palm Oil and Palm Kernel Oil Sunday Oct 8th 1:54 PM
Outing the KKK and more fascist David Duke campaign contributors (4 comments) Saturday Oct 7th 12:04 AM
Health & Farmworker Advocates Respond to California’s Interim Mitigations for Chlorpyrifos Wednesday Oct 4th 10:09 AM
Nuclear Shutdown News 8/17 Friday Sep 1st 5:37 PMMore Global News...
[ × close ]
VIDEO: Feinstein for Secretary of State presents proportional representation plan Sunday Jan 14th 1:26 AM
Democrats Defeat Repeal of Costa-Hawkins Anti-Tenant Law Thursday Jan 11th 8:56 PM
The harassment of prisoners who have served their time Sunday Jan 7th 9:53 AM
What DACA is Doing To Families Tuesday Dec 5th 9:15 PM
California Adopts Rules on Agricultural Pesticide Use Near Schools and Day-Care Centers Tuesday Nov 7th 2:01 PM
Humboldt Redwood Co. security attack blockade in Mattole ancient forest Friday Oct 13th 9:34 AM
UC Gave $600,000 for Hate Speech, Plans Week of More Hate Speech Friday Sep 15th 8:03 AM
2017 African Growth and Opportunity Act and Millennium Challenge Act Modernization Act Tuesday Sep 12th 12:29 PM
PG&E & IBEW trying to kill rooftop solar .. Again. (1 comment) Tuesday Sep 12th 8:43 AM
SEIU 1021 Nato Green Doing Damage Control For SEIU? Opposes Single Payer In CA Wednesday Jul 12th 4:10 PMOpen Newswire...
[ × close ]