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.