Ashker v. Governor of California, Civil Action No. 4:09-cv-05796-CW (N.D. California, 2012)
“Ashker v. Governor of California is a federal class action lawsuit on behalf of prisoners held in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison who have spent a decade or more in solitary confinement. The case charges that prolonged solitary confinement violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, and that the absence of meaningful review for SHU placement violates the prisoners’ rights to due process.”
On September 1, 2015 the plaintiffs and California entered into a settlement agreement that will end indeterminate solitary confinement, stop the use of gang affiliation as a basis for placing people in solitary confinement, and create a step-down program designed to return those in solitary confinement to the general population in two years or less.
Click here to view an overview and timeline of the case, prepared by the Center for Constitutional Rights, one of the organizations that brought the lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiffs.
Click here to view a summary of the settlement agreement, also prepared by the Center for Constitutional Rights.
Keywords: Ashker v. Brown, hunger strike, Pelican Bay, Security Housing Unit (SHU), eighth amendment, 1983, administrative segregation, security threat group, lawsuit, long-term segregation, prolonged segregation, indefinite segregation