Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Oakland) plans to introduce legislation today that would revise the practice of solitary confinement, or security housing units.
The Democrat says her bill would require the Office of the Inspector General to review some solitary confinement cases. It would also require the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to provide inmates with an advocate throughout the process.
The bill would prohibit the placement of seriously mentally ill inmates in solitary confinemen.
Hanncock says her legislation would also provide those inmates confined in Security housing units with opportunities to interact with other inmates and staff.
CDCR says Security Housing units are designed to house offenders whose conduct endangers the safety of others. After last summer's hunger strike, CDCR announced a pilot program that allows some offenders to ease their way out of Security Housing Units.
New legislative efforts supporting the “Me Too” anti-harassment movement could change the reporting process for victims filing complaints.
Women in California politics, protesting sexual harassment and abuse at the Capitol, distrust the response from legislative leaders.
A man drew a weapon during routine security screening at the U.S. Capitol Visitor's Center and was shot by police, Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said at a news conference. No officers were injured, he added.
Supporters celebrated when a bill allowing for physician-assisted suicide in California was signed into law. But the tactics used to pass the law will likely delay its implementation.
Governor Jerry Brown has signed off an agreement with two of California’s labor unions.