From Prison Law Blog…..


Prison Law Blog

Sara Mayeux

Criminologists to SCOTUS: California Can Safely Reduce Its Prison Population

As Plata v. Schwarzenegger‘s day before SCOTUS draws nearer, a coterie of criminologists and law professors have filed a Brandeis brief in the prisoners’ favor (PDF link from NYU’s Center on the Administration of Criminal Law). Basically, the brief argues that California can reduce its prison population without hurting public safety — indeed, that reducing the prison population would likely improve public safety — and, thus, that the Court should leave in place the population reduction order of the three-judge district court panel. The brief is well worth reading in full, but here are some highlights:

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