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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Lawyers Go Behind Bars as Guardians of Prisoner Rights

By Maura Dolan, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Times, CA - Oct 11, 2005

In a lawsuit against the California Youth Authority, the Prison Law Office complained:

"Rehabilitation cannot succeed when the classroom is a cage and wards live in constant fear of physical and sexual violence from CYA staff and other wards."

In a report stemming from a lawsuit the office helped bring, a court-appointed monitor found that the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was refusing to discipline guards for serious misconduct at Pelican Bay, a super-maximum security prison.

"Some correctional officers end up acquiring a prisoner's mentality: They form gangs, align with gangs and spread the code of silence," the monitor, John Hagar, wrote.


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