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 […]

Survivors of long term solitary confinement petition for institutional restitution

To: CDCr Secretary Scott Kernan and Director Kathline Allison From: Abdul Olugbala Shakur (aka J. Harvey, C48884) and Joka Heshima Jinsai (aka S. Denham, J38283) Petition for Institutional Restitution The following is what we believe to be just and fair and reasonable requests considering the inhumane treatment that many of the prisoners were being subjected […]

Terrible Tier II: We are fighting for our livez

by Deron Ruffin I’m writing to show the brothers some love who went on hunger strike in California. It’s crazy how you see other people going through the same thing that you are living. What really impressed me is the fact that all the brothers stood up for the cause – putting aside small differences, […]

Prisoner Human Rightz Movement: Agreement to End Hostilitiez has changed the face of race relationz without any help from CDCr

by Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa It is incumbent upon all men prisoners across the state of California and globally to embrace the struggle of women prisoners as a whole. We, the four principle negotiators of our Prisoner Human Rights Movement – George Franco, Arturo Castellanos, Todd Ashker and Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa (Dewberry) – recognize the women […]

If North Korean Prisonz Konstitute Crimez Against Humanity, so too do Amerika’z

  Based on its 400 page report on prison conditions in North Korea (NK), a special United Nations (UN) commission created under the auspices of the United States, has condemned (NK) as an evil human rights violator.1) The report claims to draw on the testimonies of victims and witnesses to decades (NK) prison practices. Because […]

Testimony of Everett D. Allen, M.D., former chief physician and surgeon at Pelican Bay State Prison, to US Senate Judiciary hearing

  To the United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights Dear Sen. Dick Durbin, Ranking Member Sen. Lindsey Graham and Senators: I worked at Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP), California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), from 1999 to September of 2006 as a “physician and surgeon,” including from July 2000 […]


by Mutope Duguma, Sitawa N. Jamaa, Abdul Shakur and Sondai Dumisani for the Pelican Bay Human Rights Movement On Jan. 29, 2013, I wrote an article called “The Lying Game: CDCR, Inc.” I wrote this article because I wanted the public, our legal team and mediation team and anyone else who’s willing to listen to know that it is […]

Oregon prisoners driven to suicide by torture in solitary confinement units

  by Kevin Rashid Johnson Introduction I am not one prone to fits of temper. But a few days ago I almost lost it. My outrage was prompted by witnessing the steady deterioration of another prisoner, resulting from particularly acute mental torture inflicted in Oregon’s Disciplinary Segregation Units (DSU), which duplicate almost exactly conditions of torture […]

U.S. at U.N. prisoners’ rights meeting: Progress, but still wrong on solitary confinement

by David Fathi, ACLU National Prison Project Part 1 Buenos Aires, Dec. 11, 2012 – I’m writing from Buenos Aires, where I’m representing the ACLU at the Inter-Governmental Expert Meeting (IGEM) on the U.N. Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners. Established in 1955, the SMRs are the leading international standards on protecting the […]