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Lessons from Chino: What was (or wasn’t) learned from the prison riot

Last August a riot broke out at the California Institute for Men at Chino that left the place looking like a scene out of Baghdad. Over 200 inmates were hurt, two housing blocks were demolished and 1,300 inmates were left without bunk space—it was devastation that had been predicted for years and even expected a few days before it broke out. In the months since the riot there are questions about how inmates were handled in the aftermath and what changes in policy were implemented, both at the Chino facility and across California’s sprawling prison system. With extensive overcrowding and under-funding, Chino is a microcosm for the challenges facing the state’s correctional system—what lessons, if any, can be learned from Chino?