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California Prison Focus works to abolish the California prison system in its present condition. We investigate and expose human rights abuses and all forms of discrimination in California prisons, with a focus on ending long-term isolation. We are committed to honoring the voices and strategies of prisoners and join their efforts to foster solidarity and empowerment. We believe in public education and direct action to achieve these goals.
We stand up strong against the cruel and torturous conditions of the California prison system, and advocate for the immediate stop to all solitary confinement. We are an all-volunteer organization and operate entirely on individual donations and small grants.
Quarterly Newspaper: Prison Focus, is distributed free to SHU prisoners and at a small cost to former prisoners, their family, activists and friends of CPF. Our paper is primarily written by and for prisoners, their friends and families with volunteers editing and contributing some content. Past issues and articles are available on our website.
Prison Visits: We travel regularly to Pelican Bay and Corcoran state prisons to uncover and disseminate information on the current conditions prisoners must endure. We have been conducting prisoner interviews in California’s SHU facilities since 1991, logging more than 1,000 interviews across 50 visits. Our finding are published in our newspaper and other publications.
Prisoner Correspondence: We receive dozens of letters from prisoners each week. We always need help to sort through these letters, document them, and respond to prisoners' requests and needs.
KPOO Radio: Our radio show provides the most up-to-date information about prison conditions and prison reform and airs every Thursday morning in the Bay Area on 89.5 FM from 11:00 am to noon.