California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement (CFASC) is an organization whose mission is to stop the inhumane treatment of prisoners within the California Penal System, especially those held in solitary confinement and administrative housing units.  Our loved ones have been incarcerated, in many cases for decades, under conditions widely recognized as torture. We came together in July 2011 to support the statewide prisoner hunger strike demanding an end to barbaric and unconstitutional conditions in solitary units. Our ultimate vision is an end to solitary confinement.

CFASC understands that if we are to accomplish our goal of abolishing solitary confinement, we must introduce the public to the truth about the people who are confined there—these are our loved ones, the California Department of Corrections calls the “worst of the worst.” Towards that end, we give prisoners in isolation a voice by compiling their writings and telling their ativan generic vs brand stories in churches, schools and universities, neighborhoods, town halls and events.  We’re in Sacramento and the nation’s capital at hearings, speaking with legislators and participating in rallies.

In addition to our goal of abolishing solitary confinement, CFASC supports the prisoners’ core demands for reform that came out of the 2011 hunger strikes, and we organize our work to help see these realized. We welcome all family members and supporters who wish to be a part of ending the torturous existence of solitary confinement. In the words of one of the men in Pelican Bay State Prison, ” The SHU (Segregated Housing Units) is the thief that steals our souls … we measure our lives, in the ability to withstand insanity, and endure torture through days, nights, and endless years …”

California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement (CFASC)

8018 E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd. Suite 100 #213

Anaheim, CA 92808-1102



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  1. I’m writing to you via a reference from Willow Katz as part of a group of outside organizers who have set up a hotline for incarcerated people and family members to call with urgent information regarding COVID-19 in prisons, jails, and detention facilities. We hope the hotline will provide a resource to compile the information necessary to advocate for immediate medical services, decarceration as a public health necessity, and the legal paper trail to document and confront state negligence and human rights abuses. The California-wide hotline number, based here in the Bay, is 510-301-9403, and we’ve also set up an email to receive communications at Here is also a short write-up we did for the BayView to publicize the number and get it inside.

    We’re hoping you can share this info in any way possible with any inside contacts you may have. We really hope it can be a meaningful resource, and the first step is for people to actually hav the number! Please let us know any questions, thoughts, reflections, or visions you may have. We’re looking forward to building coalition around this resource! Thank you!

    In solidarity,

  2. I’m wondering how decisions to put people in solitary are made in California prisons? Who are the decision makers? Is the process uniform throughout California prisons (e.g. are there uniform criteria for putting a prisoner in solitary) ? Are they in writing? Who oversees the decision maker(s)? How far to the top of the prison staff chain does supervision go? Can a prisoner appeal the decision?

  3. What is the process in California prisons for deciding who is put in solitary? Is the process uniform throughout all CA prisons (e.g. are there specific criteria? Are they in writing?) Who makes the decision? Who supervises the decision maker? Who supervises the supervisor (i.e. how far up the chain of command does it go)?

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