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Hard time or inhumane? Corcoran prison's SHU - Security Housing Units (Photos)

by Rina Palta | Take Two®

An officer speaks with an inmate as he makes his way around a general population wing of the prison. Grant Slater/KPCC

This summer, thousands of prisoners in California went on a hunger strike to protest solitary confinement in what's known as Security Housing Units, or the SHU. 

Inmates say the isolated conditions in the SHU are intolerable, and the strike — in part — prompted the legislature to hold hearings tomorrow to look at solitary confinement. But prison officials say the harsh punishment is necessary to deal with the worst of the worst.

KPCC's Rina Palta recently visited the SHU at Corcoran State Prison in the Central Valley, and brings us the debate going on inside the prison walls.

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