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Judge orders new segregation policies for mentally ill inmates




During group therapy, inmates are confined in metal cages known as
During group therapy, inmates are confined in metal cages known as "therapeutic modules," like these at Sacramento Prison.
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Prison inmates who repeatedly break the rules or turn violent are removed from the general population. They often go into special housing sections with multiple barriers separating them from others. 

But, there's been a rash of attempted suicides, and some successful ones, so isolation is now being criticized and reconsidered. The California Report's Julie Small brings us this report.