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Calif. prisons revamp isolation cells policy

11:31 AM, Dec 22, 2012   |    comments
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's prison system is revising its protocol for inmates placed in isolation cells called Security Housing Units, but prisoner rights groups say the new rules don't go far enough.

They contend the small, windowless cells inmates have been kept in for over 10 years each amount to torture and that form of punishment should be drastically curtailed or stopped.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation insists the SHUs are necessary to isolate dangerous inmates.

CDCR also says the new policy adopted in October has led to an increased number of transfers from the SHU to the general population. In the last 10 weeks, 52 inmates have been released from the SHU compared to 61 transfers in the first 10 months of the year before the new regulation was adopted.

The Associated Press

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