California prison inmates seek to expand lawsuit

Feb 12, 2015 5:25 PM by News Staff

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Inmates held in isolation at California's Pelican Bay State Prison are seeking to expand their lawsuit alleging cruel and unusual punishment to include inmates who were transferred to another prison.

A federal judge in Oakland heard arguments Thursday in the case. Attorneys for the inmates say some inmates have been transferred from Pelican Bay to the California Correctional Institute in Tehachapi, where they are in solitary confinement under substantially similar inhumane conditions.

They say expanding the lawsuit against the state to include the transferred inmates and similarly situated prisoners around California makes sense because their claims are closely connected to those of the Pelican Bay inmates. State officials counter that having to consider inmates outside Pelican Bay so late in the legal process would put it at a disadvantage in the case.

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