California prisons to take new balance after riots

Oct 23, 2014 3:51 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California prison officials will have to balance safety concerns with the need to avoid racial stereotypes after the state agreed to end a long-standing policy that had been challenged in court and deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The state will drop its practice of attempting to prevent further violence by segregating inmates by race after riots involving racially based prison gangs.

Inmates' attorneys said Thursday the policy was unfair because it targeted all inmates of a particular race even if they were not involved in the riot. California was the only state with such a policy.

Under new rules, prisons can lock down every inmate in an affected area, individual inmates suspected of being involved in the incident or the gangs that were involved.

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