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Brown v. California Department of Corrections

Smith Patten files lawsuit on behalf of African American Recreational Therapist, hired in 2011, as part of the effort to alleviate the cruel and unusual punishment of prisoners in the California Penal System.  Plaintiff was hired as part of the multiple United States District Court cases under which the California Department of Corrections has been supervised for the previous five years.   Plaintiff alleges she had to purchase her own materials, was never trained in CDCR-specific protocols, and she was ultimately terminated for attempting to help the inmates whose mental health she was entrusted.

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