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USA: People with learning difficulties abused in California prisons

Posted 23/9-10 at 21.44

Nine years ago a federal judge ordered California to protect inmates with learning difficulties in state prisons. Last July, the state asked that the decree be lifted. However, the judge refused saying that these prisoners are still being, ‘verbally, physically and sexually assaulted, exploited and discriminated against.' They also receive little help from staff.

For example, prison employees fail to monitor the inmates, remind them to shower or escort them in areas where they are likely to be attacked, the judge said. One prisoner lost 35 pounds in five months because his cellmate was stealing his food, but guards laughed at him when he asked them to accompany him to the canteen.

The judge has demanded officials submit a new compliance plan by December.


See DAA report on the execution of people with learning difficulties.





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