Treatment of prison inmates has finally begun to capture the attention of California's lawmakers and public, in large part because two lawsuits over constitutionally inadequate medical and mental health care resulted in a federal court order to reduce the inmate population by thousands. The Dec. 31 deadline has been pushed back to February as the state negotiates with plaintiffs in the consolidated suits, and lawmakers and the administration of Gov.
FOR THE RECORD:
Solitary confinement: A Dec. 1 editorial referred to the isolation of inmates in “secure housing units, generally known as SHUs.” SHU stands for Security Housing Unit.
So has solitary confinement. The two-month-long inmate
Those two issues —
A 1995 court ruling in the case of Madrid vs. Gomez banned solitary confinement for mentally ill prisoners at Pelican Bay. The federal court that is overseeing California's prisons could extend that ban systemwide. That would be a welcome development.