September 1, 2015
A settlement with the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation allows for thousands of inmates in solitary confinement – some for more than 30 years – to be re-integrated with the general prison population, unless there is misconduct. Solitary confinement will have a known term, rather than an indefinite time frame.
Jeff Beard, secretary of the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitations, said that the lawsuit, protests, and hunger strikes over the years placed pressure on ending the policy.
“The Department of Correction has been reviewing and releasing hundreds of them to the general population under its new policies and they agree there has been very little negative results,” said Carol Strickman, co-counsel and staff attorney at Legal Services for Prisoners with Children. “We recognize we need to keep the peace. Prisoners recognize that.”