The human beings incarcerated in California Prisons who participated in the 60 day hunger strike have brought their case into the California state capitol.
On October 9th over 150 family members and supporters filled the seats during the joint hearing of the Public Safety Committee called by Assembly member Tom Ammiano and Senator Loni Hancock. Families questioned the need for more research, noting many findings that solitary confinement is a cruel and unusual punishment. Speakers told of their personal experiences in solitary confinement, others mentioned the gravity in which their families members in prison have endured.
The hearings, which are expected to continue through the year-long legislative session, were agreed to as part of a settlement of the 60-day hunger strike. Meanwhile, federal courts continue to interrogate the Brown administration on its violations of the First and Fourteenth amendments.