Monday, March 17, 2014

Lawmaker Seeks Solitary Confinement Changes in California Prisons

A State Senator is proposing sweeping changes to the way California prisons keep inmates in solitary confinement. Berkeley Democrat Loni Hancock has introduced a bill aimed at providing outside oversight, more humane conditions and a shorter process for prisoners to rejoin the general prison population. Her bill would also bar prisons from sending seriously mentally ill prisoners to solitary. Christopher Martinez reports from Sacramento.