California Prisons Agree to Stop Using Race-Based Punishments

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California prison officials will no longer be allowed to impose inmate lockdowns based on race under a new legal settlement. California is the only state that uses these race-based punishments. Prison attorneys who sued the state cited at least 160 examples of such lockdowns that lasted six weeks or longer. We discuss the use of race-based policies in California prisons and what the new settlement means for maintaining safety and order in California's lockups.

Guests:

Michael Montgomery, reporter for KQED News and The Center for Investigative Reporting

Rebekah Evenson, staff attorney for the Prison Law Office and lead attorney in the suit to stop race-based lockdowns in California

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