We hear so many reports involving prison brutality in California that it is heartening to read cases that uphold the rule of law and fairness behind bars.
Such was the case on April 12 when an appellate court ordered the CDCR to restore 121 days of good-time credits taken from Corcoran inmate John Fratus in an unfair disciplinary hearing.
Fratus was found guilty following a disciplinary hearing of battery on a correctional officer. However, the CDCR did not let Fratus call a friendly witness at the hearing, which was a violation of due process.
Further, the CDCR did not give Fratus an opportunity for meaningful cross-examination of the officer witnesses called against him, which violated the CDCR's own regulations. The CDCR gave Fratus the opportunity to ask only one question per hostile witness against him.
Fratus alleged that he did not assault any guard and that it was actually the guards who had perpetrated prison brutality in California on him.