By: Anthony Camacho

History of Pelican Bay State Prison

  • 1989 prison opened
  • Located in California
  • Classified as supermax
  • Is still open til this day
  • 1,056 cells


  • Guards would shoot inmates and get away with it.
  • Vaughn Dortch- 3rd degree burns
  • 1hr until token to hospital
  • Would burn inmates
  • Lcked up mentally ill inmates and not let them see any doctor

Work cited

Courts Ruling

  • U.S. District Court
  • Judge Thelton Henderson
  • 1955
  • Ruled that Pelican Bay inmates were being subjected to excessive punishment