Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Families Condemn Solitary Confinement in State Prisons

Family members, activists and lawyers rallied at the State Capitol and then testified to lawmakers against the state prison system’s continued use of solitary confinement. They said the California prison system currently holds over 10,000 prisoners in solitary confinement units, with dozens having spent more than 20 years in isolation. Conditions at Pelican Bay State Prison’s Secure Housing Unit (SHU) sparked a series of unprecedented hunger strikes in 2011, with the participation of 12,000 prisoners in at least a third of California’s 33 prisons. Prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison have vowed to renew a hunger strike, along with a work stoppage on July 8th.Max Pringle reports from the State Capitol.