Transcript: Legal Services for Prisoners with Children’s public comments opposing the confirmation of Jeffrey Beard as CDCR Secretary – June 19, 2013

Partial transcript of public comments by a representative of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children opposing the confirmation of Jeffrey Beard as Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation at a hearing before the California Senate Rules Committee on June 19, 2013:

…Since December [2012], Dr. Beard has been the acting Secretary and since then there have been some changes in policy.

LSPC has two main concerns – that of policy change in the SHU and the current overcrowding in CCWF. And I have a question concerning each of these.

So in recent days, we’ve seen some disturbing changes in policy and actions of custodial staff in at least three prisons where hunger strikes have occurred and are being rumored again, and our understanding is that these new policies have been sanctioned at least in part by your [Beard’s] office.

The include changed policy that allows guards [to] wake prisoners in the SHU at Pelican Bay every 30 minutes under the guise of the welfare check. And…you [Beard] spoke about earlier in claiming that they are to reduce the suicides, and these are reportedly being done exactly every 30 minutes. So two times within an hour around the clock these prisoners have been awakened, and prisoners in the SHU have characterized it as harassment…

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