Judge calls use of pepper spray ‘horrific’
A federal judge in Sacramento on Thursday called California’s use of large amounts of pepper spray to subdue mentally ill prisoners a “horrific” violation of constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton’s order requires California to continue revising policies that govern how mentally inmates in the state’s prisons are disciplined, including how decisions are made to punish those prisoners by putting them into solitary confinement. He found that such isolation of mentally ill inmates “can and does cause serious psychological harm” and must be limited.
Sources: U.S. District Court
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