According to the Complaint, these men are in solitary confinement under harsh conditions due to their "status." They have been labeled gang affiliated, even though they have not been charged or found guilty of a gang related act, based on allegations by confidential inmate informants seeking and receiving special treatment.
In order to be released from the Security Housing Unit they must "debrief." That means providing staff with information implicating others as gang members or associates...This can cause harm to other prisoners, and make the prisoner who debriefs (or a member of his family) a target for reprisal.
Some of these men are jailhouse lawyers who challenge correctional policies and practices and encourage others to do so.