Suicides Increase in California Prisons

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Saturday, December 28th
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the suicide rate among California prisoners has reached a three decade high after climbing for five consecutive years.

This year, 36 people have killed themselves in prisons operated by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Experts say this alarming trend reflects a mental health crisis behind bars, which isn't new. 

Back in 1995, a legal battle known as the Coleman case established that mental health care in the state's prisons was so poor that it violated inmates' constitutional rights. 

For more on this, KCBS Anchor Jeffrey Schaub spoke to Craig Haney, a UC Santa Cruz Psychology Professor and an expert involved in the Coleman case.