United Nations special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan Mendez will engage with families of incarcerated prisoners in solitary confinement, students, faculty, and advocates/allies to explore: Is solitary confinement as practiced by the California Department of Corrections cruel punishment and torture?
This unofficial visit by Mr. Mendez, who has spoken out publicly about the use of solitary confinement in California prisons, presents an opportunity to engage all campus and community in a dialogue around the use of solitary confinement in our state’s prisons. While prisoners have suspended their historic hunger strike—which spanned 60 days in July and August 2013—communities continue to challenge solitary confinement as torture.
Bernadette Rabuy, Human Rights of the Incarcerated at Cal
Danny Murillo, Phoenix Scholars Project
Marie Levin, Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition
Jonathan Simon, Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law
Director, Center for the Study of Law and Society, Berkeley Law