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California eases conditions at death row disciplinary unit

  • FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2016 file photo, condemned inmate Donald DeBose does pushups in a caged recreation yard space of the adjustment center on death row at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. A settlement of a lawsuit by inmates against the state of California, obtained by The Associated Press, says the state no longer will keep inmates in the center just for being gang members. Inmates can still be sent to the windowless cells if they are considered an immediate danger. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2016 file photo, condemned inmate Donald DeBose does pushups in a caged recreation yard space of the adjustment center on death row at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. A settlement of a lawsuit by inmates against the state of California, obtained by The Associated Press, says the state no longer will keep inmates in the center just for being gang members. Inmates can still be sent to the windowless cells if they are considered an immediate danger. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2016 file photo, Scott Pinholster stands in his cell in the adjustment center on death row at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. A settlement of a lawsuit by inmates against the state of California, obtained by The Associated Press, says the state no longer will keep inmates in the center just for being gang members. Inmates can still be sent to the windowless cells if they are considered an immediate danger. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2016 file photo, Scott Pinholster stands in his cell in the adjustment center on death row at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. A settlement of a lawsuit by inmates against the state of California, obtained by The Associated Press, says the state no longer will keep inmates in the center just for being gang members. Inmates can still be sent to the windowless cells if they are considered an immediate danger. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This Dec. 29, 2015 file photo shows guards walking a corridor in the death row adjustment center at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. A settlement of a lawsuit by inmates against the state of California, obtained by The Associated Press, says the state no longer will keep inmates in the center just for being gang members. Inmates can still be sent to the windowless cells if they are considered an immediate danger. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

    FILE - This Dec. 29, 2015 file photo shows guards walking a corridor in the death row adjustment center at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. A settlement of a lawsuit by inmates against the state of California, obtained by The Associated Press, says the state no longer will keep inmates in the center just for being gang members. Inmates can still be sent to the windowless cells if they are considered an immediate danger. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)  (The Associated Press)

California has settled a lawsuit alleging mistreatment of death row inmates who were kept in solitary confinement for years only because of their purported gang affiliations.

The lawsuit says one inmate was kept there for 26 years and two others more than a decade.

The settlement obtained by The Associated Press says the state no longer will keep inmates in the center just for being gang members. Inmates can still be sent to the windowless cells if they are considered an immediate danger.

About 100 inmates were held when the lawsuit was filed in 2015. The number has since dropped to less than 10.