Advocacy Groups Wary of New Plan for Prison Isolation Units

The California prison system is revamping its criteria for inmates who are placed in the Security Housing Units.

From the article: “Under current rules, an inmate is automatically placed in a Security Housing Unit if he is identified as a member or associate of one of seven prison gangs. According to a policy draft released by the corrections department in March, prison gang associates would be sent to isolation units only if they were “engaged in serious criminal gang behavior or a pattern of violent behavior.” The department also would target dangerous members of any group considered a threat to prison security, including street gangs and extremist groups.”

What is amazing to me (and this is due to my lack of knowledge of the California prison system) is that it appears that simply having a gang-affiliated tattoo could send you to an SHU. Seems excessive.

Read the article here.

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