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Landmark settlement ends long-term solitary confinement in Calif. prisons

Some 2,858 inmates were reportedly held in solitary; some for 10, 20 or even 30 years, spending all but an hour or so of their day isolated in tiny cement-lined cells.

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California inmates go on hunger strike (audio)

Inmates in California are risking their lives against a form of punishment many say is worse than death.

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Court rules in favor of voting rights for felons

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle, Wash., in a 2-1 decision Tuesday, has ruled in favor of felons the right to vote in state prisons there.