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Prisoners Fight Against Solitary Confinement Practices

 
Prisoners Fight Against Solitary Confinement Practices
Posted Thursday, September 26th 2013 @ 11am  by KFBK News

In the wake of their recent 60-day hunger strike, California prisoners are now taking their fight against solitary confinement to the courtroom.

Lawyers are set to present oral arguments Thursday afternoon to allow all prisoners who have been held in solitary confinement to participate in a class-action lawsuit.

"The prisoners bringing a civil rights claim against the state of California, saying that solitary confinement is a violation of their Eighth Amendment rights against cruel and unusual punishment, as well as their rights to due process," Spokesman Isaac Ontiveros said.

Ontiveros says the ultimate goal is an end to the use of solitary confinement and believes a victory in court today would be a strong step in that direction.  
 

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