DRLC is pleased to announce Kathryn L. Tucker, Esq., as its new Executive Director and Director of Advocacy and Legal Affairs. Ms. Tucker joins DRLC from the national nonprofit organization Compassion & Choices, where she worked to improve patient rights and choice at the end of life as Director of Advocacy and Legal Affairs for two decades. She also served as lead counsel in two landmark end of life care cases before the United States Supreme Court, which established the right of dying patients to aggressive pain management.
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International Disability Rights
On March 20, 2012, civil rights advocates including the DRLC submitted a Petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. The Petition was filed on behalf of California inmates who are placed in isolated segregation for an "indefinite" period or for many years solely based upon a "validation" that they are gang members or are associates of a gang. The Petition alleges that penalizing them in this fashion (i.e., with indefinite or determinate terms of many years solely for gang membership or association without the prisoner having engaged in any illegal acts or acts in violation of prison rules, or even having planned to do so) constitutes cruel and degrading treatment in violation of California's obligations under international law, as such isolation has adverse effects on their mental and physical health.