California permits long-term solitary confinement of prisoners. It is one of at least eight states with prison systems where a practice that is known to cause significant psychological and physical effects is acceptable. There has been an ongoing push to end solitary confinement in the state, especially because prisoners at the Pelican Bay State Prison [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday February 14, 2014 4:04 pm|
|By: Jeff Kaye Monday October 3, 2011 2:41 am|
A renewed hunger strike at California State Prisons has mushroomed to nearly 12,000 participants, as prisoners protest tortuous conditions, including a policy that makes inmates snitch on other prisoners or be held in solitary confinement indefinitely. The strike comes at a time when the California prisons are under attack for unconstitutional conditions of confinement, and in Federal receivership. But the prison authorities are threatening to punish strikers and have already expelled two of their attorneys from attending prison talks.