Parole, Snitch, or Die: California’s Supermax Prisons & Prisoners, 1987-2007
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Oct. 25, 2012
ANNOTATION: This report “provides one of the first evaluations of how supermaxes function, in terms of whom they detain and for how long, and how these patterns relate to their originally articulated purposes”. Sections of this document include: background—supermaxes, California, and parole; California—a special case; paroling (and snitching and dying); methodology—demographic and key informant interviews; findings—a design gone wrong—best intentions at inception, what we know about people in California’s supermaxes, and what we know about people released from California’s supermaxes; and conclusion. California supermaxes are not working as intentionally planned.