Submit Comments About STG/SDP Regulations by April 3, 2014

Dear Human Rights Activists,

We need your help. Can you write a quick email or fax a note? The California prison system’s Security Threat Group/Step Down Program (STG/SDP) is getting close to being implemented. These regulations govern placement into and release from the SHU (Secure Housing Units), California’s long-term solitary confinement cells. The STG/SDP policies will perpetuate California’s over use of torturous isolation.

We are soliciting your help to weigh in and speak out against these regulations. Please submit a comment and ask your friends, family, neighbors, pastor, school class, place of worship, and organizations to write also.

For a comment to have impact it must address some aspect of the proposed regulations. To help, we’ve made a FACT SHEET and LIST OF PROBLEMS with the STG/SDP regulations. (The footnote below gives a link and a partial index to the officially proposed regulations we’re commenting on 1) Take an issue or two -or more- and express your feelings, it doesn’t have to be long or fancy, but it does have to talk about the STG/SDP regulations.


Anyone may submit public comments (mail, fax, or email) regarding the proposed regulations. Submit comments to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation by mail at: CDCR, Regulation and Policy Management Branch, P.O. Box 942883, Sacramento, CA 94283-0001; or by fax at (916) 324-6075; or by email at
If you send an email please cc:

The public comment period is open now; it closes April 3, 2014 at 5 PM.

In many respects the STG/SDP is worse than the current practice. The STG/ SDP program is based on the U.S. Bureau of Prisons model, subject of great criticism in 2012 by the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary,  Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights & Human Rights. California uses solitary confinement far and away more than any other government entity on the planet – the most absolute numbers and the highest percentage of prisoners in solitary. On any given day California, conservatively, has 11,000 adult prisoners in some form of isolation. 2

Thank you for everything you do.

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition

footnotes below:


Partial Topical Index to Proposed Regulations:

  • Privileges in each step – pages 6-8
  • Process to certify new groups – pages 30 -34
  • Point system for validation – pages 34-38
  • Process for validating individual prisoners – pages 83-41
  • Disciplinary Matrix – pages 43-49

2  These figures are from Prof Keramet Reiter of UC Irvine.

8 thoughts on “Submit Comments About STG/SDP Regulations by April 3, 2014

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  2. How can this be? How can people in the United States be treated so cruelly and inhumanely? How can the torturers sleep at night? What is Karma is real? I have never heard of anything so cruel and hideous. Free all of those prisoners. Don’t make them suffer for life. It is not right No one deserves such punishment.

  3. My name is Melinda Jenkins Contreras my sonJulio Contreras has been in the shu for 10 year as his mom me and my family and freinds have rallys and the media invovled and will keep fighting for my sons rights and the other inmates in the shu we will not give up until he is out of the shu and the other inmates that are being to tortured in there from a mom that will fight for her son from national city, calif 91950

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