‘Incredibly prejudicial’: Why Sacramento courts have caged cells, and why that’ll change

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The Sacramento Bee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The steel-bar cells inside the courtrooms of Sacramento County Main Jail’s Patino Justice Center and Gordon Schaber Courthouse are some of the busiest spaces in a bustling Sacramento Superior Court. The cells are as much a part of the courtrooms as the judge’s bench or jurors’ box. Eight courtrooms in all have cells within their courtrooms: Departments 4, 5, 8 and 9 on the second floor of the Schaber Courthouse at 720 9th St., and Departments 60 through 63 in the main jail’s Patino courts on I Street. But as the framework of atowering new 17-story, 53-courtroom courthouse …

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