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A San Francisco sheriff’s deputy has been accused of forcing inmates to fight in gladiator-style matches while he and his colleagues bet on the outcomes, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced Thursday. One of the men forced to fight told Adachi, “I feel like they’re trying to stir (up) something racial ... because I’m the only one of Asian descent” in an otherwise all-Black pod. Staged fights between prisoners of different races to aggravate interracial antagonism is reminiscent of the gladiator fights scandal in the California state prison system that made international headlines in the 1990s.
San Francisco the leader in county jail inmate registration and voting in the state of California. In the November 2011 election, over 90 percent of the registered voters in our jails actually voted. For much of our incarcerated population, this registration drive is the first time they have been engaged in the voting process.