Tag Archives: Solitary confinement

Pelican Bay State Prison

Historic Settlement Ends CA Indefinite Solitary Confinement Men in the Short Corridor at Pelican Bay made the sacrifices and won the victory

Federal Judge Claudia Wilken this week approved the final agreement to end indefinite solitary confinement in California calling the settlement humane, innovative and fair.   Prisoners celebrated Tuesday’s settlement agreement, whose terms were agreed on [...]
Family members of prisoners, demonstrators and lawyers celebrated this week's landmark settlement reducing long-term solitary confinement in California prisons. A press conference was held outside the state building in Oakland. Photo by Ashley Chambers.

Landmark Victory Curbs Long-term Solitary Confinement in California Prisons

  A landmark victory this week to reduce long-term solitary confinement in California will immediately release up to 2,000 prisoners who have been held in isolation for 10 years or more for alleged gang affiliation.
San Quentin State Prison, located in Marin County, is California's only prison for men on death row. Photo courtesy of San Quentin News.

Lawsuits Challenge Solitary Confinement in State Prisons as “Inhumane and Degrading” The “solitary confinement regime…will bring you to the edge of madness,” says Justice Kennedy

Oakland attorney Dan Siegel has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of prisoners held indefinitely in solitary confinement at San Quentin State Prison’s Adjustment Center, demanding an end to what they consider to be [...]
Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D).  (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Legislators Call for Reform of Solitary Confinement Conditions

A hearing was held Tuesday by legislators to push for sweeping reform in conditions faced by thousands of prisoners in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay and other state prisons, where they are often locked in [...]