CA Prisoners Win Historic Gains with Settlement Against Solitary Confinement

by Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition CA prisoners locked in isolation achieved a legal victory in their struggle against solitary confinement. A settlement was reached in the federal class action suit Ashker v. Brown, filed in 2012, effectively ending indefinite long-term solitary confinement, and limiting the prison administration's ability to use the practice, seen as a form of torture. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of prisoners held in Pelican Bay Security Housing Unit (SHU) for more than 10 years, where they spend 23 hours a day [...]