Solitary confinement case expands to more prisons
A U.S. District Court judge in Oakland on Monday ordered that a class action lawsuit alleging long-term solitary confinement is physically and psychologically cruel can be expanded beyond California’s Pelican Bay State Prison. The state had transferred several of the original 10 inmates in the 2009 suit from Pelican Bay to high-security isolation cells at other prisons. Judge Claudia Wilken ruled she will permit prisoners’ lawyers to expand their case to include other prisons. The litigation centers on the practice of holding prisoners in isolation cells for 10 years or more. It is set for trial in December.
Sources: U.S. District Court