California Agrees to Overhaul Solitary Confinement in Prisons!


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on September 5, 2015September 5, 2015

California Agrees to Overhaul Solitary Confinement in Prisons!

California Agrees to Overhaul Solitary Confinement in Prisons

byPriyanka Boghani

California’s prison system agreed on Tuesday to change how and when it uses solitary confinement, a decision that could reduce the number of inmates in isolation there by more than half.

The agreement settles a lawsuit brought by inmates held in isolation for a decade or more at the state’s Pelican Bay State Prison.

Solitary confinement means prisoners spend 22 hours a day or more locked in a cell with very little human contact. Plaintiffs in the case, Ashker v. Governor of California,charged that such conditions violated the Eighth Amendment’s protection against cruel and unusual punishment, and that the lack of any meaningful review of their confinement violated their rights to…

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