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A Look Inside Pelican Bay Prison’s Notorious Isolation Unit

October 4, 2013 | 9:29 am

A Look Inside Pelican Bay Prison’s Notorious Isolation Unit

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Inmates say the units amount to psychological torture. Official say they’re human — and necessary.

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Amnesty International Slams Calif. Prisons’ Isolation Cells

September 28, 2012 | 3:36 pm

Amnesty International Slams Calif. Prisons’ Isolation Cells

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The global human rights group Amnesty International is calling on California to use fewer isolation units in its prison system. In a study released Thursday, the human rights group called these units “cruel, degrading and inhumane.” Corrections officials isolate inmates they say are the “worst of the worst”–those who have committed violent crimes in prison […]

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Advocacy Groups Wary of New Plan for Prison Isolation Units

September 14, 2012 | 10:28 am

Advocacy Groups Wary of New Plan for Prison Isolation Units

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By Michael Montgomery, California Watch State corrections officials are moving forward with a plan for handling prison gangs and other violent groups, including changing rules that have kept some inmates locked in special isolation units for decades. But the initiative is raising concern among prisoner rights advocates and some experts who worry that it will […]

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