Pelican Bay http://kvpr.org en Do California's Security Housing Units Reduce Prison Violence? http://kvpr.org/post/do-californias-security-housing-units-reduce-prison-violence <p>California&rsquo;s prison system uses Security Housing Units, or SHUs, as a way to isolate alleged gang members from the general inmate population. But gangs remain a problem in prisons and the outcry over using solitary confinement for long periods of time is growing. Now some lawmakers are asking whether the SHUs are working.</p><p>Steven Czifra spent four years locked up in a Security Housing Unit. Isolated from other inmates, alone in his cell for 22 &frac12; hours a day, he said there wasn&rsquo;t much too do.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 23110 at http://kvpr.org Do California's Security Housing Units Reduce Prison Violence? At Pelican Bay, A Look Inside California's Security Housing Units http://kvpr.org/post/pelican-bay-look-inside-californias-security-housing-units <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Imagine spending 22 hours a day locked in a small, concrete room. That&rsquo;s daily life for about four-thousand California prisons inmates. On a recent media tour, journalists got glimpse of that life on a visit to the Security Housing Units at Pelican Bay State Prison.</span></p><p>Nearly 1,200 men are housed in the complex of low, concrete buildings. To get to them you have to go pass through a series of heavy gates and doors.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 18:16:44 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 23109 at http://kvpr.org At Pelican Bay, A Look Inside California's Security Housing Units