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 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