Corcoran State Prison rises suddenly from the flat floor of California’s Central Valley.
Towering floodlights and curves of razor wire peek first over the cornfields as you approach. Once closer, you can see the low-slung cell blocks huddled together inside a double ring of razor wire fence with an electrified barrier sandwiched between.
The Security Housing Units – or SHUs – are on the opposite side of the prison complex from the entrance. Eight two-story buildings radiate out in two semicircles from the center.
There are five SHU facilities in California. This is the first time journalists have been allowed inside the units at Corcoran State Prison.
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