Angela Y. Davis: Indefinite Solitary Confinement Violates Human RightsRoundup: Historians' Take
tags: human rights, prisons, UC Santa Cruz, Angela Y. Davis, solitary confinement
Angela Y. Davis is professor emeritus of history of consciousness and feminist studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
California prisoners are now in their 33rd day of a hunger strike; what they are risking their health and possibly their lives for is basic: an end to indefinite solitary confinement, a practice that most countries recognize as a violation of basic human rights.
Yet both Gov. Jerry Brown and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Jeffrey Beard are intransigent in their refusal to engage in honest negotiations with the prisoners.
Theirs is a system deep in crisis, mired in decades of lawsuits challenging numerous violations of the legal rights of prisoners that have yielded relatively little in terms of fundamental change. Headlines from the last month alone reveal the inability of current leadership to respect the most basic rights of California prisoners....
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