The Pelican Bay hunger strike has ended, but the conversation about solitary confinement must continue. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) must change its policies on solitary confinement for many persuasive reasons.
A few days after the end of the Pelican Bay hunger strike, I was interviewed on KCRW’s “Which Way, LA?” in the same segment as spokespeople from California Prison Health Services and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The … Continue reading
On July 26, ACLU/SC Executive Director Hector Villagra joined “Which Way, LA?” to discuss the destructive effects of the Secure Housing Units on public safety. “Imagine how bad conditions have to be there that people would risk starving themselves to … Continue reading
ACLU/SC Executive Director Hector Villagra delivered the following remarks at a press conference at the KRST Unity Center in South Los Angeles. It has been said that to measure the degree of civilization in a society, you must enter its … Continue reading
The ACLU of California supports the striking prisoners’ demands to end cruel and inhumane conditions in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at Pelican Bay State Prison. These conditions include prolonged, solitary confinement in small, windowless concrete boxes with little to … Continue reading
Tell the LA County Board of Supervisors to support the Austin reforms and close Men’s Central Jail.
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