(Chris Lee’s article appeared in the L.A. Times, 9/18.)

— Inside a dingy community room at the California Rehabilitation Center, the prisoners were segregated into two distinct populations.

Members from one group awaited their cue behind a "curtain" — an old bed sheet strung from the ceiling. The other group sat in folding chairs waiting to take the "stage." All wore garish greasepaint to variously resemble mimes or clowns, Kabuki performers or horror movie antiheroes. And all had been kitted out with funny hats, prop glasses and fake mustaches to whimsical effect.

via www.latimes.com

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