Don’t restrict prisons’ isolation policy

Published: Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 - 11:10 am

Re "Ease prison lockups, says expert" (Capitol and California, Nov. 23): Dr. Craig Haney may be an expert on conditions of confinement, but his suggestion that mentally ill inmates be excluded from the punishment of being placed in segregation is absurd. Allowing an ordinance of that nature would only create more violence in prisons and increase the number of criminals who claim to be inflicted by mental health issues. If inmates knew that they couldn't be dealt certain punishments for their behavior, then they may be more inclined to break the rules while in prison. Let us not forget that they have they have been convicted of a crime to land them in prison, and once in prison, they have committed yet another act to land them in segregation. While fighting for the rights of the criminals, also consider the rights of the correction's staff members, whose safety would be put in jeopardy were an order, such as the one proposed by Dr. Haney, passed.

-- Rachael Woodruff, Sacramento

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