Isolating predatory gang members in prisons saves lives

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 - 9:08 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 - 11:33 am

Re "Judge OKs force-feeding inmates" (Capitol & California, Aug. 20): How soon we forget! Prior to the implementation of the Security Housing Unit program at Pelican Bay and other prisons the annual rate of inmate on inmatehomicides in several of our prisons was in double digits.

San Quentin was averaging 12 to 15 homicides per year.

Upon implementing the SHU program the rate dropped immediately to almost zero in our prisons. By locking up predatory gang members the general population could safely go about their daily program with out fear of assault or death. This program has been reviewed and approved by the federal courts in several cases. It was overseen by a federal court judge.

The past 25 years or so of the SHU program has made our prisons much safer for the inmates and staff alike. A little research by the hunger strike supporters will show the positive results of the program.

-- Richard A. Nelson, Sacramento

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