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Action Alert: CA Dept. of State Hospitals Schedules Hearing on Sept. 20

The California Department of State Hospital (DSH) will conduct a public hearing on September 20 for the purpose of considering proposed amendments to regulations that limit patients” possession of, or access to, electronic property. The hearing will begin at 2 p.m. at

1600 9th Street
Room 100

ACSOL will be attending the meeting. We look forward to you joining us to stand for and write for those incarcerated in Dept of State Hospitals like Coalinga. If we only stand up for issues that directly affect us, unity is lost. We should ask ourselves: who will stand up when there are narrow issues affecting each of us?

Prior to the hearing, DSH will accept written comments until September 17 at 5 p.m. Written comments can be sent by email to or by U.S. mail to California Department of State Hospitals, Regulations Unit, Electronic Property, 1600 9th Street, Room 410, Sacramento, CA 95814.

“We must speak out in opposition to these amendments,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “Similar to existing regulations, the amended regulations will harm patients by limiting their access to legal documents and treatment records.”

According to the proposed amendments, patients will continue to be denied the use of desktop computers, laptop computers, voice or visual recording devices, USB devices, some gaming devices and recordable disks such as CD’s, DVD’s, Blu-Ray and CD-ROM. Patients will be allowed to possess or have personal access to one television or computer monitor, one CD player and one radio or music player. In addition, patients will be allowed to possess up to 30 commercially manufactured CD’s, DVD’s and Blu-Rays as well as tablets or other devices purchased “through authorized vendors of the Department of State Hospitals and CDCR that do not contain personally accessible data storage.”


Sample letter:

Letter to DSH about limiting devices – 5 Sep 2018


A link to the proposed amendments follows below:

Dept of State Hospitals Electronic Device Regulations – Aug 2018_000020

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