Prisoners' health

In this photo taken June 20, 2018, inmates pass a Correctional Officer as they leave an exercise yard at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, Calif. CMF is one of the California prisons where general population inmates are expected to peacefully co-exist alongside inmates formerly housed on so-called Sensitive Needs Yards. The protective yards were created to safeguard gang snitches, disgraced cops, child molesters and others in need of protective custody. But they have become so violent and crowded that officials are dismantling the program. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
July 01, 2018 - 2:47 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Special California prisons intended to protect gang informants, disgraced cops and child molesters have become so violent, gang-riddled and crowded that officials are dismantling what's become the United States' largest protective custody program. The inmates are gradually...
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This March 26, 2015 photo shows a maximum security cell block at the Whatcom County Jail in Bellingham, Wash. In a novel case with national implications, the Washington state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is suing the jail to force it to provide opiate-withdrawal medication to prisoners, rather than requiring them to go cold turkey. The lawsuit, filed Thursday, June 7, 2018 in U.S. District Court in Seattle, says the Whatcom County Jail's refusal to provide the medicine violates the Americans with Disability Act, because opioid addiction qualifies as a disability under the law. (Philip A. Dwyer/The Bellingham Herald via AP)
June 07, 2018 - 7:53 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — In a novel case that could have national implications, the Washington state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sued a county sheriff's office to force it to provide opiate-withdrawal medication to prisoners, rather than requiring them to go cold turkey. The lawsuit, filed...
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