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Struggle to End Solitary Confinement

Continues with February Legislative Hearings

Legislators at both the state and federal level of government held important hearings during Feburary on the overuse of solitary confinement in America.  Witnesses described the physical and psychological toll these conditions, while experts testified to the ways in which the use of solitary in California and the nation violates prohibitions against torture, and against cruel and unusual punishment that are enshrined in the constitution, national law, and international law.

These hearings led to the following bills: AB 1652 and SB 892.  Both of which are making their way through the legislative process.  Please take time to read the bills and offer your support where you can.

Updates and background information on the hunger strikes of 2011 and 2013:  Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Blog and our Hunger Strike page. Read why prisoners participated in this protest and understand their demands.

Please sign the online petition and continue to contact state officials to demand oversight of CDCR to assure that all core prisoner demands are met. 

Our message is clear and consistent:  End long term isolation!  Meet the core demands!

Inmate medical inquiry line: (916) 691-1404

Prison Focus #42 Spring 2014 is here! Read our latest newsletter!

Our Mission

  • California Prison Focus works to abolish the California prison system in its present condition.
  • We investigate and expose human rights abuses with the goal of ending long term isolation, medical neglect, and all forms of discrimination.
  • We are community activists, prisoners, and their families educating and inspiring the public to demand change.

What CPF does

  • We stand up strong against the cruel and torturous conditions of the California prison system, especially advocating for the immediate shut down of all SHU (Security Housing Units) cells and similar conditions of solitary confinement.
  • We publish a quarterly magazine, Prison Focus, distributed free to SHU prisoners, $6 a year to other prisoners, and $20 a year to former prisoners, their family members, activists, and friends of CPF.
  • We travel regularly to Pelican Bay and Corcoran state prisons to uncover and disseminate information on the current conditions prisoners must endure.
  • We welcome new dedicated activists and volunteers to help us continue our mission.  If you are interested in joining this important struggle, please contact us now.

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Director of Legal

Visiting Program

CPF is currently searching for a new Director for its Legal Visiting Program.  Description and contact information is found here.  Applications now being accepted.


Please sign this petition

This petition urges US Secretary of State John Kerry to extend a formal invitation to Juan Mendez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, so that he can investigate and report on the conditions of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and jails.