Calif. — On the west steps Monday, demonstrators claim prison officials put inmates in state SHU’s for too long without any chance of being released to regular cells. Meanwhile inside the capitol building the state legislature hears from corrections officials on their new prison “step-up” program.
CDCR says it's a voluntary way SHU inmates can make steps toward being housed back in a general population yard. The four-step program would require close to 4 years of good behavior and refraining from criminal gang behavior.
Demonstrators Monday have asked the state to put a cap on how long prisoners can be in a SHU, while corrections officials say their new policy holds a prisoner to individual accountability.
”This is not acceptable,” said Izadeh Zohrabi, who’s brother is housed in a prison SHU, “They can't just say that now we are changing the policy and everything is different. They're doing this because there is a lawsuit pending."