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SB 759

Appropriations: 12-6-2
Floor: 41-31-8

authors: Anderson, Hancock
co-authors: Jones-Sawyer, Leno, Liu, Mitchell, Quirk


California has one of the harshest solitary confinement laws in the country, leading prisoners in Security Housing Units (SHUs) to be confined for an average of six years in a 2-by-10 foot cell. SB759 allows prisoners in SHUs to earn credits for early release by displaying good behavior, and by participating in rehabilitation programs. Solitary confinement is recognized by the United Nations as a form of torture, and SB759 is one step toward righting this practice.