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  • CA Prisons: Hunger Strikes and Overcrowding

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    Overcrowded prisons is one thing, but when persistent hunger strikes plague the state it becomes apparent that change is just on the horizon. California’s prisons have gone out of control, and thousands of inmates who have been slapped with heavy penalties and jail time have shown us it is time to look for a solution. We’re actively letting non-violent criminals out of prison, but it looks like the population is not falling quite enough.

    To say California’s criminal justice system is in turmoil is an almost laughable understatement.

    Thousands of prison inmates have been on a hunger strike for several days, federal courts are dropping the hammer on the system’s overcrowding problem, and Gov. Jerry Brown is doing his best George Bush imitation, when the president stood on the flight deck of a U.S. aircraft carrier a few months after the invasion of Iraq, and proclaimed victory, which it arguably was — nine years later.

    Gov. Brown took a similar step not long ago, by proclaiming the state had met the conditions imposed by federal judges, and, essentially, the mission had been accomplished.

    But like Americans who were vocally skeptical of the Iraq War, and our reasons for starting it, federal officials are similarly skeptical about Brown’s assertions, as well they should be.

    The feds insist California’s prison overpopulation crisis has not been resolved, and have ordered the Brown administration to continue cutting non-violent offenders loose, when possible. The governor says that is not wise, that releasing convicts before they’ve completed their sentences mocks the state’s judicial process, and poses a threat to law-abiding citizens confronted by freed criminals who should be behind bars.

    As is common with politicians, the governor overstates the case. In fact, it should be fairly evident that if the state wants a reduced inmate population, the justice system needs to send fewer people to prison, or state government needs to build more prisons. The former seems unlikely, given California’s phonebook-sized Penal Code, most recently burdened with a three-strikes law that simply doesn’t make sense. And the latter may be a fiscal impossibility. California built 20 new prisons in the 1980s and 1990s — mostly in response to a flood of inmates caused by new get-tough-on-crime laws — but only one new facility since 1997.

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