[Guest post by DRJ]
How will the LA Times cover this?
“Following a 2005 Supreme Court decision that found routine racial segregation to be illegal, Chino and other California prisons are moving away from the historic practice of separating inmates by race. Inmates may now share cells with prisoners of different races. The barracks involved in the rioting had been fully integrated.
[Updated at 1:40 p.m.: But it remains unclear what role, if any, the Supreme Court decision played in the Chino problem. [Prison spokeswoman] Thornton said the court ruling only applied to prisoners in cells. The violence in Chino broke out in an area where prisoners are housed in baracks, which she said was not covered by the decision. Only two prisons with cells have been integrated since the 2005 ruling, and Chino is not among them, she said.]”
UPDATE BY PATTERICO: L.A. Times editors, February 2005:
The Supreme Court made the right decision Wednesday in all but overturning California’s policy of housing new prison inmates in cells based on their race. Clearly, the state cannot classify people solely on that basis in the year 2005, and it would be preposterous for state prison officials to continue arguing that there is a compelling reason to do so.
It is good to recall the sage advice of our betters at times like these.