If I hadn't have read them straight from the pages of the Federal Reporter, I'd have thought that the details of this case came from Hollywood rather than out of a federal prison in Victorville, California.
Read the first fifteen pages or so of Judge Rawlinson's opinion. Then remember that if all that stuff is routine in a maximum security federal prison -- routine drug use, alcohol consumption, murder, etc. -- then imagine what it's like in a state prison.
Why read Lord of the Flies when you can get a similar, nonfictional recitation from the Ninth Circuit.