California should pass Assembly Bill 2632 to limit solitary confinement

Source: The Orange County Register
by The Editorial Board

“California’s prisons have a sordid history of placing inmates in solitary confinement, keeping them alone in small cells for months where they receive only an hour or two of limited exercise and human contact a day. In 2015, the state settled a federal class-action suit claiming that the practice violated the Eighth Amendment’s ban on ‘cruel and unusual’ punishment, but the practice continues. … Given bureaucratic resistance, the Legislature is considering Assembly Bill 2632. It limits the use of ‘segregated confinement’ to no more than 15 days in a row and no more than 45 days in a six-month period. It also bans solitary confinement for certain categories of prisoner — pregnant women, people with disabilities and very young and old inmates. These are reasonable restrictions and apply to all incarceration facilities — including private immigration detention centers.” (08/03/22)