Ca. Prisons Start Housing Inmates In Dayrooms

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Inmates in 14 California prisons are being housed in some of the last spaces available to corrections officials – "dayrooms," or communal spaces where prisoners watch TV, mingle and play cards. The emergency move – outlined in a memo obtained by the Los Angeles Times – is being enacted as new inmates, primarily from Los Angeles County, continue to flood the prison system despite predictions that the convict population would decrease this summer. Moving bunk beds and prisoners into dayrooms has raised new safety concerns as convicted felons jostle for a shrinking slice of elbow room. It has some insiders wondering how . . .

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