Nevada Begins Race Segregated Prison

How far have race relations come in the last century? In Nevada, they are going backwards. The medium security High Desert State Prison has implemented a new policy -- inmates are housed according to race.

According to several corrections officers, all black inmates are now being housed in separate pods, or units, while whites have been moved to their own units and Hispanics to theirs. The prison houses nearly 2,000 inmates, according to the Nevada Department of Corrections' Website.

The prison responds with a half-heart denial which is not so much as a denial as a lame justification:

Howard Skolnik, spokesman for the prison, said it's not intentional segregation. "We've moved inmates around based on behavior," Skolnik said."

[hat tip Kevin Hayden of American Street]

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