PsySR Supports AB 280 (Holden) the California Mandela Act
AB 280 is an important step in ending the use of solitary confinement in California. There is an established consensus among experts and can have permanent deleterious effects on the health of an individual. Many states have passed laws to limit the use of solitary confinement, and it is important that California joins them, as well as the international community, in regulating this practice.
AB 280 provides a clear definition of what constitutes solitary confinement across California prisons, jails, and detention centers, while also setting limits on how it can be used. Further, this bill ends the use of solitary confinement for special populations, including those with disabilities,
pregnant women, youth, the elderly, and other special populations.