Tell the Governor: Sign Solitary Confinement Reform Bill

AB 2632 regulates the use of solitary confinement in California’s jails, prisons, immigration detention facilities

Contact Governor Newsom and ask him to sign AB 2632, the California Mandela Act on Solitary Confinement.

AB 2632,  authored by Assembly Member Chris Holden, regulates the use of solitary confinement in California’s jails, prisons, and immigration detention facilities by establishing a clear definition of what constitutes solitary confinement and by setting limits on how it can be used. Further, this bill ends the use of solitary confinement for special populations, including people with disabilities, pregnant women, youth, elderly, and other specific populations.

The use of solitary confinement is an important human rights issue.  In 2011, UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan E. Méndez said the practice could amount to torture and cited scientific studies that lasting mental damage can occur after only a few days in solitary confinement and called for a total ban on confining individuals in solitary for more than 15 days.

The bill does not prohibit the use of protective custody, nor does it require incarcerated individuals to be returned to the general population if they commit acts of violence. It does require individuals housed in single cells to be provided with sufficient out-of-cell time and to have access to rehabilitative programming.