Lawsuit Leads to Changes in CA's Use of Solitary Confinement

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Ending years of litigation, today the California prison system is significantly changing the way it handles solitary confinement, and will likely move thousands of inmates into the general population. The lawsuit was brought by prisoners, mostly gang members and those who committed crimes behind bars, who claimed being held in a small, windowless, soundproof cell for up to 23 hours a day for decades amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. Guest host Barbara Bogaev discusses the modification of California's solitary confinements rules.

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Credits

Host:
Barbara Bogaev

Producers:
Jenny Hamel, Sarah Sweeney