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California prisons begin use-of-force reforms for mentally ill inmates




Handcuffs on the wall at the Psychiatric Segregation Unit at Sacramento Prison.
Handcuffs on the wall at the Psychiatric Segregation Unit at Sacramento Prison.
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The treatment of mentally ill inmates in California prisons has been a prominent issue in past years. Last year a federal judge ruled that the state must change the way it handles those inmates, calling the former use of force "horrific."

A new reform plan establishes limits on when and how correctional officers can physically force uncooperative inmates to leave their cells or comply with orders. The California Report's Julie Small has more.