Judge says California violates disabled inmates' rights

Feb 3, 2015 3:49 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered California to stop housing inmates with disabilities in isolation cells simply because its prisons lack enough other housing that can accommodate the inmates' special needs.

U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken ruled Tuesday in Oakland that the state violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and previous court orders when it places the inmates in what are known as administrative segregation cells.

Corrections officials agreed in 2012 to move the inmates out of the cells. Yet the judge found that more than 200 inmates with disabilities were held in the cells between July 2013 and July 2014, some for less than a day but others for a month or more.

The segregation cells provide higher security and fewer privileges than other prison housing.

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