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California prisons to end race-based punishment




SAN QUENTIN, CA - MAY 15:  A view of the California State Prison at San Quentin May 15, 2009. San Quentin houses California's male death row. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN QUENTIN, CA - MAY 15: A view of the California State Prison at San Quentin May 15, 2009. San Quentin houses California's male death row. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Prisons in California will no longer use race or ethnicity to impose broad lockdowns on prisoners.

The change comes from a court settlement in a federal civil rights suit this week.

The suit was brought by prisoners after a warden at California's High Desert State prison confined African American prisoners to a wing of the prison for 14 months.

But the implications could go statewide.

For more, LA Times reporter Paige St. John weighs in.