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Johnson v. California
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Plaintiff, a prisoner in California, claimed that the California Department of Corrections assigned temporary cellmates for new prisoners on the basis of race in violation of the Equal Protection Clause. New inmates to prison facilities were held in reception centers for up to 60 days after arrival. Prison officials used this time to decide on the long-term placement of each inmate. All other prison facilities, including all permanent cells, were fully integrated. Defendant’s policy was created in order to prevent violence amongst racially-motivated gangs.
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