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Rall: And we look down on countries with backward penal systems?

January 09, 2013|By Ted Rall
(Ted Rall / For The Times )

California's Pelican Bay prison has kept over 70 inmates locked up in solitary confinement for the last 20 years or longer. And we have the nerve to look down on countries with backward penal systems, like Afghanistan. The good news is, California is finally moving some of these poor, miserable souls into the general prison population. But what does it say about us that so few of us care?

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