SACRAMENTO (AP) — Democratic lawmakers on key policy committees say they want to limit California’s practice of keeping hundreds of inmates in solitary confinement for years, sometimes decades, as a way of controlling violent prison gangs.
They held the first in a planned series of hearings Wednesday in response to an inmate hunger strike this summer that at one point involved more than 30,000 of the 133,000 inmates in state prisons.READ MORE: How To Watch The 2021 Primetime Emmy Awards
The inmates were protesting conditions for gang leaders held in isolation at Pelican Bay and three other prisons.READ MORE: Man Struck Multiple Times In Daylight Shooting In Riverside
Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco says their treatment reminds him of animals in a zoo.
Prison officials say they already have changed the rules to limit use of the isolation units and let gang members earn their way out through good behavior.MORE NEWS: Emmys Vow A Good Time After Bleak Year; 'Crown' May Rule
(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)