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California agrees to move thousands of inmates out of solitary confinement

California agrees to move thousands of inmates out of solitary confinement

Ending years of litigation, hunger strikes and contentious debate, California has agreed to move thousands of state prisoners out of solitary confinement under the terms of a landmark lawsuit settlement. Corrections officials, who have long used indefinite isolation to control violent prison gangs, will cease the practice and return nearly 2,000 inmates to the general population, according to the agreement announced Tuesday. Some of those inmates have been in isolation, without significant human contact, for more than three decades. See the most-read stories this hour >> California has been among a shrinking number of states that keep inmates isolated on the grounds of...

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