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Lawsuit Challenges Solitary Confinement at California Prison

Lawsuit Challenges Solitary Confinement at California Prison | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it

Prolonged Solitary Confinement at Pelican Bay is Cruel and Unusual Punishment, Torture, Lawyers Say

May 31, 2012, Oakland – Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison who have spent between 10 and 28 years in solitary confinement. Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, California Prison Focus, Siegel & Yee and the Law Offices of Charles Carbone are co-counsel on the case. The legal action is part of a larger movement to reform inhumane conditions in California prisons’ Security Housing Units (SHU), a movement dramatized by a 2011 hunger strike by thousands of SHU prisoners; the named plaintiffs include hunger strikers, among them several of the principal negotiators for the hunger strike. The class action suit alleges that prolonged solitary confinement violates Eight Amendment prohibitions against cruel and unusual punishment, and that the absence of meaningful review for SHU placement violates the prisoners’ right to due process.

“The prolonged conditions of brutal confinement and isolation such as those at Pelican Bay have rightly been condemned as torture by the international community,” said CCR President Jules Lobel. “These conditions strip prisoners of their basic humanity and cross the line between human treatment and barbarity.” Advocates hope that the suit will strike a blow against the increasingly routine use of solitary confinement in American prisons.

SHU prisoners spend 22 ½ to 24 hours every day in a cramped, concrete, windowless cell. They are denied telephone calls, contact visits, and vocational, recreational or educational programming. Food is often rotten and barely edible, and medical care is frequently withheld. More than 500 Pelican Bay SHU prisoners have been isolated under these conditions for over 10 years, more than 200 of them for over 15 years; and 78 have been isolated in the SHU for more than 20 years. Today’s suit claims that prolonged confinement under these conditions has caused “harmful and predictable psychological deterioration” among SHU prisoners. Solitary confinement for as little as 15 days is now widely recognized to cause lasting psychological damage to human beings and is analyzed under international law as torture.

Additionally, the suit alleges that SHU prisoners are denied any meaningful review of their SHU placement, rendering their isolation “effectively permanent.” SHU assignment is an administrative act, condemning prisoners to a prison within a prison; it is not part of a person’s court-ordered sentence for his or her crime. California, alone among all fifty states and most other jurisdictions in the world, imposes extremely prolonged solitary confinement based merely on a prisoner’s alleged association with a prison gang. Gang affiliation is assessed without considering whether a prisoner has ever undertaken an act on behalf of a gang or whether he is – or ever was – actually involved in gang activity. Moreover, SHU assignments disproportionately affect Latinos. The percentage of Latino prisoners in the Pelican Bay SHU was 85% in 2011, far higher than their representation in the general prison population, which was 41%. The only way out of SHU isolation alive and sane is to “debrief,” to inform on other prisoners, placing those who do so and their families in significant danger of retaliation and providing those who are unable to debrief effectively no way out of SHU isolation.

The case is Ruiz v. Brown, and it seeks to amend an earlier pro se lawsuit filed by Pelican Bay SHU prisoners Todd Ashker and Danny Troxell. The case is before Judge Claudia Wilken in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Click here to read the complaint.

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Corbett supports corrections changes that could save of $263 million over five years

Corbett supports corrections changes that could save of $263 million over five years | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it

HARRISBURG -- The corrections overhaul plan endorsed by Gov. Tom Corbett aims to curb future spending in part by more precisely defining which inmates are sent to halfway houses and which are sent to prisons.

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Children's Advocates Urge NC Lawmakers to 'Raise the Age'

RALEIGH, N.C. - The state House Judiciary Committee today will hear testimony about proposed legislation to raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction.
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Study: Race Impacts Severity of Teen Sentences

Study: Race Impacts Severity of Teen Sentences | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
People are more likely to assign blame to juvenile defendants if they imagined them as black, increasing the likelihood harsher punishment, a Stanford psychology study concludes.
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Petition Signing

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We are asking everyone not only to sign the petition for Zach but to share it as well. The appeal is now in the WI Supreme Court & we would appreciate any and all support that we can get within the next 30 days. Thank you SO much for spreading the word!! We need to have this injustice heard!!
http://www.change.org/petitions/life-sentence-for-juvenile-zach-reid-an-injustice

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If it is a girl, kill it | Till He Comes

If it is a girl, kill it | Till He Comes | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
In 1 BC, a Roman citizen wrote to his wife telling her to kill her unborn child if it turned out to be a girl. How barbaric! We would never do that....
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GENDERCIDE IN AMERICA: Undercover in NYC

Planned Parenthood NY Headquarters Counsels for Sex- Selective Abortion in Second Video: As Congress Mulls Ban, Video Unmasks Growing Trend of Sex-Selective ...
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Keep your kids safe from cyber-bullying

Keep your kids safe from cyberbullying...


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Despite its popularity, the death penalty kills innocents

Despite its popularity, the death penalty kills innocents | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
The University of Michigan law school and Northwestern University have just compiled a database of over 2,000 United States prisoners exonerated between 1999 and the present day.Posted via 4WardEver UK...
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Inquest into death of Tony Davies hears of changes to CCTV in prison vans

Inquest into death of Tony Davies hears of changes to CCTV in prison vans | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Changes have been made to CCTV systems in prison vans after a suspect died while being transported to a police custody centre.Posted via 4WardEver UK...
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Citizens for Reformation of the Adoption Safe Families Act

Citizens for Reformation of the Adoption Safe Families Act | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it


www.change.org/petitions/reform-adoption-and-safe-families-act-of-1997

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Video: UK Supreme Court backs Assange extradition

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has lost his marathon court battle in UK Supreme Court. The judge has granted him 14 days to make an application to reopen t...
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The hard facts behind youth crime (and what you can do about it)

The hard facts behind youth crime (and what you can do about it) | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
We all have an obligation to step in....
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Judge won’t allow teen to be tried as adult in girl’s rape, murder - Local News

A Barberton teen charged with rape and murder in the 2011 death of his 3-year-old half sister will remain in Summit County Juvenile Court after a judge denied a prosecution request to try him as an adult.
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Group sues California over isolation of some prison inmates

Group sues California over isolation of some prison inmates | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
SACRAMENTO — California's practice of isolating prison inmates it suspects of gang affiliations and keeping them that way for years is being challenged in federal court by a national civil rights group.
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Unsafe Behind Bars

Long-delayed mandatory rape prevention policies from the Justice Department should help curb the epidemic of sexual assaults.
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Stephen Lawrence: Theresa May orders review into police corruption claims

Stephen Lawrence: Theresa May orders review into police corruption claims | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Home secretary announces review a day after the Met police released its own review giving itself a clean bill of health...
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Stephen Lawrence murder: Met police report finds no evidence of corruption

Stephen Lawrence murder: Met police report finds no evidence of corruption | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Metropolitan police says it passed all relevant material on the Lawrence murder investigation to the Macpherson inquiry...
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WATCH: Shocking Torture Method Used At Guantanamo

WATCH: Shocking Torture Method Used At Guantanamo | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
In 2008, reports surfaced that detainees at Guantanamo Bay had been tortured by songs such as Metallica's "Enter Sandman" and Drowning Pool's "Bodies." Now, a new documentary from Al Jazeera shows that detainees may also have been subjected to...
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EX-PRISON GUARD SENTENCED FOR BASHING INMATE

A former Newcastle prison guard who bashed an inmate after he spat on him has been sentenced to four months in jail. The verdict shocked the defence and the ...
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Pastor Sentenced to Prison Over Bible Verse!

Do you believe that parents should be able to spank their children? Do you ever express that opinion to others? If so, then you could be sent to prison. Sadl...
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Detention centre failures led to death of asylum seeker

Detention centre failures led to death of asylum seeker | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Neglect by immigration detention centre staff contributed to the death of a Pakistani asylum seeker after he suffered a heart attack, an inquest jury has found.Posted via 4WardEver UK...
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maria's comment, May 31, 2012 4:25 AM
Thank you for sharing this sadly not uncommon story Darcy. Despair and hardship drive immigrants to our shores, in many cases leading to further despair. Detention centre staff must be held accountable with the whole system being re-structured on humanitarian grounds.
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Protesting police murder of Alan Blueford and war on Afrikans

Protesting police murder of Alan Blueford and war on Afrikans | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, May 15, the bereaved family members of Alan Dwayne Blueford eloquently addressed those members of the Oakland City Council who were present, seeking justice in a case that is looking suspiciously like a criminal assassinaPosted via 4WardEver...
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Calls to end detention of children in Australia

To mark 20-years of mandatory detention for asylum seekers in Australia, an international campaign has been launched to end the imprisonment of children. Aus...
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