San Quentin and 30 or so other state penal facilities are gearing up to carry out a federal court mediation agreement for integrating double cells and ending the use of race as the sole determining factor in making cell assignments.The policy is ill considered and likely to produce more prison violence. The guards have one of the toughest jobs on earth already, and this won't help.
Men in California's prisons have long been segregated in cells to quell racial tensions. [...]
Lt. Rudy Luna, assistant to the warden at San Quentin, said there is some concern among prison officials about the change because much of the violence is already based around racial gangs. [Prisons prepare to integrate cellmates, San Francisco Chronicle, May 27, 2008]
The article did have a fascinating statistic tucked in the lower paragraphs: