Snake River Correctional Institution slashes isolation cells

The state's largest prison began a new policy on segregated housing a year ago and since then inmate-to-inmate assaults are down. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

ONTARIO – A year ago, the cell on the upper tier of Snake River Correctional Institution’s privileged housing unit was stark.

The cell was once part of the prison’s intensive management unit, meant for inmates who were deemed too dangerous or too big a security risk to mix with the rest of the prison population.

It was, simply, “the hole.”

As such it was a barren space measuring roughly 12 by 7 with a metal bunk bed and a stainless-steel sink and toilet its only fixtures.

Today, that same cell has bookshelves and a small desk packed with knick-knacks like shaving and . . .