California Institution for Men, Chino, CA. August 2009 riot aftermath
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Does Phasing Out CDCR Sensitive Needs Yards Really Help the System?

Back in the late 1990s, CDCR started identifying what they called vulnerable prisoners. They created Sensitive Needs Yards to provide them with protective housing units in early 2002. Then, the Associated Press published its findings on these yards. They found that they’d developed underlying problems that led the inmate homicide rate in California prisons to Read More…

A group of four prison inmates that once belonged to rival gangs, and now share each other's company through safely monitored sensitive needs programs at CDCR.
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Protective Housing Units in California Prisons: Are They Any Different From General Population Units?

California began classifying certain assailable prions inmates In the late 1900’s as needing special protective housing created.  As early as 2002, these Special Needs Yards have cared for those inmates.  Over time, these Special Needs Yards developed their own problems, thus pushing California’s prisons inmate homicide rate to a staggering double the national average Slowly Read More…

Inmates in a CDCR Sensitive Needs Housing Unit
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CDCR Sensitive Needs Yards Being Phased Out. Will Violence Increase?

CDCR is integrating all inmate populations and phasing out ‘sensitive needs’ yards for inmates such as rapists, informants and former gang members. Prison loved ones say integration will increase violence. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) plans on phasing out sensitive needs yards and programs to place greater focus on co-existing rehabilitation. Many Read More…

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Does the BOP’s New Prison Policy Endanger Transgender Inmates?

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has been warned that its new policy of housing transgender inmates with other prisoners will be counter-productive and dangerous. A coalition of more than 100 civil rights organizations has written to the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) asking it to reverse a new prison policy that could put transgender Read More…