There must be 37,000 fewer inmates by June 2013, starting with a reduction of 14,400 by the end of this year, three-judge panel says.
By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
July 1, 2011
The special panel of federal judges set June 27, 2013, as the deadline for compliance, paying little heed to the U.S. Supreme Court’s call for flexibility. In May, the high court cited California’s cash crisis in suggesting that officials might need more time to resolve the overcrowding problem.
The three-judge court ruled in August 2009 that conditions in state prisons violated the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The inmate population — then exceeding 160,000 — was twice the number for which the state’s 33 prisons were built, the court said, and the crowding resulted in deprivation of medical and mental health care for many inmates.
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