Prison Conditions at FCI Mendota pose dangers to inmates and staff

Federal Correctional Institution Mendota, located near Fresno, California, houses about 800 inmates. Opened in 2012, the medium-security male prison in California with an adjacent minimum-security camp has recently been the focus of numerous investigations into whether conditions there pose serious dangers to the health of inmates and staff. Complaints about temperature levels due to a…

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Prisoners are pictured gardening at a prison facility in Oakland, California.

By Christopher Zoukis It’s been proven true that in balanced circumstances, physical, mental, and manual labor is good for your health, and in Oakland, California, they are using physical work as a way to provide job skills training to offenders and ex-offenders. By partnering with the San Quentin State Prison’s Insight Garden Program, the non-profit…

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Naily Nida, the widow of Michael Nida, who was allegedly shot in the back by Downey, California police officer Steven Dean Gilley, settled a wrongful death lawsuit May 9, 2013 for $4.5 million. On October 22, 2011, Michael Nida and his wife were stopped at a gas station in Downey. While Naily pumped the gas,…

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As the 31 states that practice capital punishment struggle to find the chemicals necessary to execute condemned prisoners, in at least one state the prisoners themselves are successfully bringing in large quantities of drugs, which they sometimes use to commit suicide – to cheat the metaphorical hangman’s noose. This is both ironic and troubling. California’s…

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