Solitary confinement inmates seek class-action status

Paige St. John (Los Angeles Times) | May 2, 2013

Inmates at California’s highest security prison Thursday filed for class-action status, seeking to broaden their 3-year-old federal lawsuit alleging the state’s segregation policies equate to cruel and inhumane treatment.

The plaintiffs are all prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison, confined to the Security Housing Unit for what the state says are active ties with prison gangs, allegations the inmates deny. In the motion filed in U.S. District Court in Oakland, the prisoners contend they have been confined for years, and in some cases decades, to solitary, windowless cells where they spend almost all of their time, with little meaningful contact with others, restricted food, limited communication and no access to educational or treatment programs.

Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/political/la-me-ff-pc-solitary-confinement-class-action-20130502,0,3566059.story

Photo credit: Amnesty International / March 15, 2013

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