An oversight hearing about solitary confinement in California is scheduled for Monday, February 25, 2013. The hearing will be chaired by Tom Ammiano, chair of the Public Safety Committee.
In May 2012, CCR filed a lawsuit against the state of California for its use of prolonged solitary confinement in the infamous Pelican Bay prison. Ruiz, et al. v. Brown, Jr., et al., is a federal class action challenging prolonged solitary confinement and deprivation of due process, based on the rights guaranteed under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments, at Pelican Bay. The case challenges inhumane, unconstitutional conditions under which thousands of prisoners live. Several prisoner-led hunger strikes have drawn attention to these harsh conditions, including efforts in California. Currently there are four Security Housing Units (SHU) operated by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).
What: Hearing on the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's Secure Housing Unit Revised Regulations
Where: California State Capitol, Room 126, Sacramento, CA 95814
When: Monday, February 25, 2013 at 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Additional details are also provided at the California State Assembly website.
There will also be a rally in opposition to he use of the solitary confinement before the hearing.
What: Rally in opposition to the use of solitary confinement
Where: Capital Building West Side, 1315 10th Street at L Street, Sacramento, CA
When: Monday, February 25, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.
Background and contextual information:
- Read CCR's Solitary Confinement Factsheet
- Take Action: Honor the Pelican Bay SHU Prisoners' Demands
- Read testimony submitteed before the Public Safety Committee of the California State Senate for a hearing about media access to prisons.