Last week, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) released its plan pertaining to how prisoners are placed in Security Housing Units (SHUs) and how prisoners can be released from the SHU back into prison’s general population. Download and read the full 40-page document (pdf).
This plan, which will result in new regulations in a number of months, is in part the CDCR’s response to the CA hunger strikes, however they do not fully address the torturous conditions prisoners were protesting. According to attorney Charles Carbone, the new policies could expand the number of people classified as “gang members” and increase the number of people imprisoned in SHUs. Read or listen to an interview with Charles Carbone on CDCR’s proposed changes here.
Also, make sure to read Amnesty International’s public statement: “California’s prison isolation units remain inhumane despite department’s proposals to amend policies”.
Listen to an interview with reporter Michael Montgomery summarizing the proposed changes here.