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CDCR releases new gang validation proposal
By sfbayview.com - Isaac Ontiveros
Published: 03/15/2012

Oakland – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has released its “Security Threat Group Prevention, Identification and Management Strategy,” which proposes new gang validation and Security Housing Unit (SHU) step down procedures. The document comes as a response to the historic prisoner hunger strikes which took place throughout the state of California in July and September of 2011.

The document proposes a three part step down process, which theoretically could lead to prisoners’ release from the SHU. In addition, the CDCR is recommending an expansion of the seven currently recognized prison gang affiliations to include other security threat groups, as well as redefining its current validation categories to include not only “member” and “associate,” but also “suspect” and “monitored” as possible ways prisoners’ activities could come under further surveillance.

“By expanding the number of prison groups affected by these policies, the proposed changes will expand the numbers of prisoners subject to long term solitary confinement,” says Carol Strickman, a lawyer working on behalf of the hunger strikers. “The result could be that more people than ever before will be housed under these torturous conditions.”

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