Pelican Bay Prisoners’ Statement on 3rd Anniversary of Settlement

Sunday marked the third anniversary of the landmark settlement agreement in Ashker v. California, the class action lawsuit that ended indefinite solitary confinement in California prisons. We have accomplished a lot in that time. Over 1600 prisoners who were looking at spending the rest of their lives in isolation have been released from Security Housing Units. Living conditions […]

Wrongfully returned to SHU: Maximum security is no place for rehabilitation

  by Shavougue A. Mason Please allow me to begin by paying respects to all those who participated in and supported the hunger strikes, both outside and behind enemy lines. I also want to pay homage and offer my condolences to the families of the brave men who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the cause […]

Report showing lasting consequences of SHU post-release

There have been numerous reports about the negative impacts long-term solitary confinement can have on prisoners, but what happens when those prisoners are released into the general population without mental and psychological support? Human Rights in Trauma Mental Health Lab, Stanford University prepared a report for CCR that answers that question and makes recommendations for […]

Two Years After Historic Settlement Ending Indefinite Solitary Confinement in CA, CCR Details Ongoing Violations, Releases Report Showing Lasting Consequences of SHU Post-Release

New Filing Seeks One-Year Extension of Court Monitoring Based on Violations   NEW YORK and PALO ALTO – Two years after the historic settlement of Ashker v. Governor of California marked the end of indefinite solitary confinement in California, the Center for Constitutional Rights and co-counsel filed a motion to extend the terms of the settlement by […]

Herman Bell is back in General Population!

Thanks to a lot of work by a lot of us, Herman Bell has been transferred to general population in Shawangunk C.F. Herman was also informed that the charges against him are being dropped. You can write Herman at the new address (bottom of the message). Before Herman got the news he sent the following […]

Strike Against Arbitrary Group Punishment at MDF

by a California prisoner August 2017         permalink Contra Costa County Martinez Detention Facility (A) module is a General Population (GP) setting that houses northern Hispanics and African American prisoners. The prejudiced treatment of hispanics who are classified on (A) is a continuous issue and the rules seem to bend for us. As […]

Call To Action for Jaan Laaman

PLEASE TAKE ACTION for Political Prisoner Jaan Laaman! Please call & email the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) today and ask that Jaan: 1- Be released from segregation & placed back into general population immediately. 2- That he not be moved to a Communication Management Unit or punished further for exercising free speech. 3- Have his […]

Sitawa: Exiting solitary confinement – and the gamez CDCr playz

by Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa It is very important that you all clearly understand the depth of human torture to which I was subjected for 30-plus years by CDCr and CCPOA.* The torture was directed at me and similarly situated women and men prisoners held in Cali­fornia’s solitary confinement locations throughout CDCr, with the approval and […]

Divisions and Struggle in California Prisonz

by MIM(Prisons)         permalink Prisons in California have become one of the most active and organized areas of resistance behind bars in the United $tates. With the second largest prison population in the country, and some of the biggest long-term isolation units, this is perhaps not surprising. Out of this repression and […]

“I want to share thiz image of solitary confinement in hopez that you may know what I survived.

By Ernesto Rodriguez Today, the 23rd of the month, invoking the 23 hours per day that prisoners spend in their cells in the SHU, activists throughout California are taking action to bring attention to prison conditions.  Below Ernesto Rodriguez shares his experience of indefinite solitary confinement and of his release into the general prison population, […]