Stop the Torture in California
  • Petitioned Jerry Brown

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Governor, State of California
Jerry Brown

Stop the Torture in California

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Over 10,000 adults are in various forms of solitary confinement in California prisons. At Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City 500 inmates have been in solitary for over 10 years, close to 80 for over 20 years and at least 2 for over 40 years.

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    • David Kim SAN JOSE, CA
      • 3 months ago

      I was also tortured in main jail San Jose, California, December 2013. About 6 guards, three on a side, pick me up, with my wrists cuffed behind my back, tilt me forward so all the blood rushes to my head. Then lever my arms back up, fold my wrists over and lever them outward so both arms lock straight, all joints, shoulders elbows wrists, feel like twist popping out and all bones torsion bending. And being such consummate torture artists at such tender young puppy ages, twist lock my right pinky over and clamp down on the cuffs to the bone, while I scream like a rabbit. This is after the standard image-y Gestapo style tearing every button on my shirt and jack-booting my head to the ground contusion on the cheek arrest, complete with wrestling to the stainless steel counter and two hypodermic needles. Then I have to plead no-contest to parking on the wrong side of the road (an infraction!) and resisting arrest. All doctors, nurses, admins, lawyers, judges complicit. Just because TWO Saratoga sheriffs have a hair across a hole. And I consider myself lucky because it was just a couple few moments I had to bear it, I always knew they weren't really going to chop my hand off (too visible), and I had the resources and bearing to get through it, 51 years. No young person, especially from a persecuted class could take that. Disgust!

    • Jim Dorenkott SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • 4 months ago

      Europe use solitary for a maximum of 30 Days; not 30 years. It should be "time-out" not long term housing. The US has 25% of the world's prisoners.

    • Susan Lynch BLOOMINGTON, IL
      • 6 months ago

      the abuse by the guards is something that cant be tolerated. It"s been going on for a long time. Not only here but in other prisons. Step back take note because you will reform no one like this. Look at your recidivism rate. What your doing isn't working. Change it.

    • meghan arlen SAN JOSE, CA
      • 6 months ago

      Prison should be a place of rehabilitation and be capable of changing prisoners for the better, not merely a place of "punishment." Solitary confinement is torture and will never, ever help rehabilitate anyone. Vengeance is the Lord's.

    • david vicente LYNWOOD, CA
      • 8 months ago

      I can't imagine spending my life in a box please stop the torture


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