The CDC remains massively overcrowded, at more than 176% of its rated capacity. Violence within the CDC is on the upswing according to CDC officials. On June 3, 1995, a prisoner at Folsom State Prison was critically injured in what the corporate media called a "racial conflict" involving more than 20 prisoners. On August 11, 1995, a prisoner was stabbed to death on the A Facility exercise yard. According to PLN readers at Folsom this was a "personal" incident and the resulting lockdown was brief.
Given the convergence of "tough" sentencing policies that are leading to massive overcrowding, a ballooning budget deficit, an inability to expand the prison system fast enough and efforts by the CDC and its legislative lackeys to eliminate modest privileges within the prison system such as family visiting, weight lifting, etc., we expect to be reporting more stories of this type in the future.
Sacramento Bee, July 11, 1995.
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