The Madeleine Brand Show for August 23, 2011

Pelican Bay isolation units could be reformed

Pelican Bay SHU

Julie Small/KPCC

The "Secure Housing Unit" at Pelican Bay State Prison.

Sacramento lawmakers were set to hold a hearing Tuesday to examine the state's controversial use of isolation units at Pelican Bay State Prison and three other facilities. The hearing was called following a three-week hunger strike by inmates complaining they had been unfairly held in extreme isolation indefinitely. The California Report's Michael Montgomery brings us the stories of two very different inmates whose paths led them to the Pelican Bay Special Housing Units.

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