SACRAMENTO -- State corrections officials have announced new policies aimed at dealing with prison gangs and reducing the number of inmates held in isolation cells.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Thursday the new policies will give inmates more incentives to drop their gang activities.
Gang members can earn more privileges and get out of the isolation units in three to four years -- instead of six -- if they behave and participate in rehabilitation programs.
Prison officials say they recently began reviewing the 3,100 inmates currently held in isolation cells to see if they can be sent back to the general prison population.
Other portions of the new policies will take effect early next year.
Conditions in the isolation units have repeatedly led to widespread inmate hunger strikes.