The Legislative Hearing of Oct 9

Here are reports on the hearing conducted October 9 by the Joint Public Safety Committee of the California legislature, called by the co-chairs Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and Senator Loni Hancock. Hancock and Ammiano called the hearing in direct response to the hunger strike and have called for another hearing to be held in the next couple months.

The Hearing Itself

  1. ‘SACRAMENTO: ABOLISH THE SHU TODAY!’ (CA legislative hearings Oct. 2013)” a five-and-a-half minute video on Youtube with highlights of the rally and the hearing (by videographer Lucas Guilkey).
  2. Video of the full hearing, about four hours, on the California state government television channel: “Joint Informational Hearing on Segregation Policies in California’s Prisons” or in segments (edited by Lucas Guilkey):
    1. Margaret Winter, Associate Director, National Prison Project of the ACLU, “The Policy and Practice of Segregated Housing in Prisons: The National Dialogue of Scrutiny, Analysis, and Reform” (42 minutes on Youtube; transcript below).
    2. “The Personal Experience, Effect and Lasting Experience of Segregated Confinement in California Prisons” (part one) as “Steven Czifra’s Testimony, Sacramento 2013” on Youtube (6 minutes).
    3. “The Personal Experience, Effect and Lasting Experience of Segregated Confinement in California Prisons” (part two) as “Dolores Canales’ Testimony, Sacramento 2013” on Youtube (8 minutes).
    4. “The Personal Experience, Effect and Lasting Experience of Segregated Confinement in California Prisons” (part three) as “Dorsey Nunn’s Testimony, Sacramento 2013 ” on Youtube (17 minutes).
    5. “The Personal Experience, Effect and Lasting Experience of Segregated Confinement in California Prisons” (part four) as “Legislators Q&A with Steven, Dolores, and Dorsey, Sacramento 2013” on Youtube (24 minutes).
    6. “Segregation Policies in CA Prisons: Current Conditions and Implications On Prison Management and Human Rights” as “Public Testimony on Solitary Confinement, Sacramento 2013” on Youtube (31 minutes).
  3. Transcript of the testimony of Margaret Winter, Associate Director, National Prison Project of the ACLU, “The Policy and Practice of Segregated Housing in Prisons: The National Dialogue of Scrutiny, Analysis, and Reform” (transcript, 5 page PDF).
  4. Additional transcripts to come.

The Rally

  1. Video of the rally held outside the Capitol before the hearing, including Marie Levin, Hunger Strikers’ Letter (ready by Azadeh Zohrabi), Alex Sanchez, Steven Czifra, Irene Huerta, and Dolores Canales as “2013 Rally in Sacramento to Abolish the SHU” on Youtube (28 minutes).

Press Reports (chronological)

  1. Sacramento Bee, October 9, 2013, “California’s solitary-confinement policies scrutinized at hearing” by Jeremy B. White.
  2. KIEM TV (Eureka), “State hears testimony on SHU solitary confinement“, October 9, 2013.
  3. News10ABC (Sacramento), October 9, 2013, “Legislative panel scrutinizes use of solitary confinement” by Nick Monacelli.
  4. San Jose Mercury News, October 9, 2013, “California lawmakers consider curtailing solitary confinement in state prisons” by Jessica Calefati.
  5. Yahoo News (Reuters), October 9, 2013, “California lawmakers hold hearing on prison solitary confinement policy” by Sharon Bernstein.
  6. California Healthline, October 10, 2013, “Joint Hearing Addresses Use of Solitary Confinement in Calif. Prisons“.

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