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California moves its solitary confinement laws into the 20th century

Pelican Bay “Special Housing Unit” Solitary confinement remains one of the most archaic punishments in the prison arsenal. Given the advances in our understanding of mental illness and penal rehabilitation over the last thirty years, it’s shocking that it has taken as long as it has for California penitentiaries to come to the conclusion that

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Gary Settle Doing Hard Time

By Dianne Frazee-Walker Prisons or prisoners are portrayed by the media and the entertainment industry as doing “hard time.” Gary Settle, sentenced to 177 years for his first offense asks the question, What is hard time? What does it mean to do hard time? Settle did not think about it. He just did the time

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