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  • Two Years After Hunger Strike, California Settlement May Release 2,000 Prisoners From Solitary

    By Victoria Law, Truthout | Report

    A guard, left, "pinkie shakes" with an inmate in the Secured Housing Unit, where prisoners are held in isolation in windowless cells, at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, Calif., Feb. 9, 2012. Unlike most past studies on laboratory volunteers or prison inmates who were isolated for relatively short periods, social psychologist Craig Haney's study revisited prisoners that were in solitary confinement for years at Pelican Bay. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)A guard, left, "pinkie shakes" with a prisoner in the Secured Housing Unit, where prisoners are held in isolation in windowless cells, at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, California. Unlike most past studies on laboratory volunteers or prisoners who were isolated for relatively short periods, social psychologist Craig Haney's study revisited prisoners that were in solitary confinement for years at Pelican Bay. (Photo: Jim Wilson / The New York Times)

    Under a historic settlement reached this week, California prisoners who have spent 10 or more years in solitary confinement, and many of whom have participated in mass hunger strikes protesting prison conditions, will be able to interact with others in person for the first time in years.

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