Transcript: Sen. Loni Hancock’s opening remarks on CDCR’s proposed new policies on solitary confinement – Feb. 11, 2014

Partial transcript of Sen. Loni Hancock’s (D-Berkeley) opening remarks on CDCR’s proposed new policies on solitary confinement and prison gang or “security threat group” management. The joint informational hearing was held on Feb. 11, 2014:

…You know, nearly six months have passed since the inmate hunger strike that drew the attention of California to the conditions of solitary confinement.

Six months later, I, Assemblyman Ammiano, and many others continue to have great concerns about the use and conditions of solitary confinement in California’s prisons.

While I understand that CDCR is in the process of changing its SHU policy, my initial reading of the new policy left many questions unanswered.

I look forward to a hearing from the department about the effectiveness of its pilot program, what they have learned, and any suggestions about how policy and practice can be made more realistic and effective, meaning leading to re-socialization and rehabilitation and return to the general population.

I appreciate this opportunity to work with my colleague, Assemblymember Ammiano. I just have to – for the record – say I’ve got two years after you’re termed out. [Laughter…overlapping audio]

But our intent is to open these issues for informed public discussion and examinations leading to positive, lasting change.

I also greatly appreciate our panelists today who will help us understand the current conditions of isolation and housing in California’s prisons and also what is happening across the nation as other states confront challenges of reform similar to those we now face.

I want to thank all of you for coming today and for your commitment to ensure that the conditions of solitary confinement are not hidden from public scrutiny.

I look forward to working with you, with the Department of Corrections, with both houses of the legislature to achieve meaningful reform.


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