California ready to integrate prison cells

California prisons are bracing for more inmate violence as they prepare to obey a mediation agreement and desegregate cells, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Prison officials will evaluate each inmate, and those who are deemed eligible for integration but refuse may face disciplinary action.

Lt. Rudy Luna, assistant to the warden at San Quentin State Prison, tells the Chronicle he believes “we will have a spike in fighting because we have races that don’t get along.”

Some experts said a spike in violence could be temporary. “We are not here to say that everybody is holding hands and singing Kumbaya. There is a lot of hate,” Jim Marquart, chairman of the criminology department at the University of Texas at Dallas, tells the paper. “But, inmates are intelligent and they want to just do their time and … go home.”

source: http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2008/05/california-read.html?csp=34

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