03 Jun '12, 12am

California Prisoners Sue: "Solitary Confinement Is Torture" | Care2 Causes

The lawsuit demands prison reforms on behalf of the more than 500 current inmates who have been held in Secure Housing Units in the maximum-security prison, which involves prolonged isolation in the 80-square-foot, windowless cells for all but 90 minutes a day, for between 10 and 28 years. Seventy-eight of those prisoners have been in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay State Prison for more than 20 years. The unit at Pelican Bay State Prison houses more than 1,000 maximum-security inmates who are suspected of being prison gang leaders, or who have committed crimes while in prison. They are allowed no human contact. Some inmates, according to the lawsuit, have been there for years based solely on the possession of a few gang drawings. Nor, say the attorneys , is there a clear process through which inmates may have the alleged gang affiliation reviewed and removed, thus all...

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