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Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition
Oakland—California prisoners challenging long-term indeterminate sentences in solitary confinement will continue their fight in the courtroom Wednesday afternoon during a status conference in Ashker v. Brown, a federal lawsuit on behalf of prisoners at the Pelican Bay Security Housing Unit (SHU). Since the last hearing eight months ago, there has been significant attention focused on the oppressive conditions in Pelican Bay, and just yesterday a federal judge allowed hundreds of imprisoned people to join the lead plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit.
At issue is the use of long-term solitary confinement in Pelican Bay Prison. In the prison’s SHU, prisoners spend 22 ½ to 24 hours a day in tiny, windowless cells without contact visits, telephone calls, or access to programming. While UN standards suggest that more than 15 days in this type of punishment amounts to torture, more than 500…
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