Plans to Overhaul State Youth Prisons

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Reports of solitary confinement, beatings by guards and prisoner suicides led to lawsuits against the California Youth Authority. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger now agrees that it-s time to restore CYA to national leadership in treating kids convicted of crimes, and he-s promised to make improvements. Lawyers suing the State of California credit Schwarzenegger's reversal of the -tooth and nail- approach of Davis administration. As a result, there are new plans to reduce violence, improve health care and return to the goal of rehabilitating some 3700 young inmates. We hear from the special master who, if the court approves, may make periodic progress reports, and from an advocacy group in San Francisco.
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Masters' NPR feature on Eisner testimony

California Youth Authority

CYA Consent Decree

Prison Law Office

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