California jails use kinder approach to solitary confinement

Fri, January 03, 2020 4:13 PM | Marsha Grant (Administrator)
By DON THOMPSON
December 26, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An inmate in solitary confinement at a California jail was refusing to leave his cell. The jailers’ usual response: Send an “extraction team” of corrections officers to burst into the cell and drag him out.

But not in Contra Costa County, one of three in the state using a kinder, gentler approach in response to inmate lawsuits, a policy change that experts say could be a national model for reducing the use of isolation cells. read here


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