OAKLAND (KCBS)— A federal lawsuit is moving forward in the latest legal turn over solitary confinement at a California prison with attorneys asking to expand their lawsuit.
Attorneys representing 10 prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison took steps on Thursday, asking a judge at a federal court in Oakland to certify their case as a class-action lawsuit. The lawyers are making their case, but haven’t quite locked down everything they want yet.READ MORE: UPDATE: Wind-Whipped Wildfire Near Big Sur Grows To 1,500 Acres; Residents Forced To Evacuate; Highway 1 Shut Down
Three weeks ago, prisoners – which at one point numbered 30,000 – ended a 60-day hunger strike in protest of conditions in solitary confinement, which can go on for decades in California prisons.
“This is not just an issue that confronts one person. Conditions at Pelican Bay confronts everybody and it confronts everybody in a similar way,” said Attorney Julees Lobel.
Marie Levin’s brother is in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay and was one of the hunger strikers.READ MORE: UPDATE: High Winds Topple Trees; Downs Power Lines; Leave Path Of Destruction In San Jose Neighborhood