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  • For CA Prisons, 46,000 is a Crowd

    Posted Jul 5th, 2013 By in Prisons With | Comments Off on For CA Prisons, 46,000 is a Crowd

    20281675_6You might have heard last week that California’s plans to release over 10,000 inmates hit a snag when Governor Brown requested a delay for a federal order to do so.

    For years, California’s large prison population has been a huge source of political drama and financial problems for the state. Despite multiple efforts from state politicians, there still hasn’t been much progress in fulfilling the federal government’s requirements, which were set forth in a 2009 order that was later adopted by the United State Supreme Court. The order required that California state prisons reduce their populations to 137.5% of capacity. (On average today, California prisons are operating at an astounding 150% capacity!)

    In the ruling, which was announced all the way back in 2011, Justice Anthony Kennedy, speaking for the majority, was unequivocal in his sentiment that California’s prisons needed to clean house:

    California’s prisons had “fallen short of minimum constitutional requirements” because of overcrowding. As many as 200 prisoners may live in gymnasium, he said, and as many as 54 prisoners share a single toilet. Kennedy insisted that the state had no choice but to release more prisoners. The justices, however, agreed that California officials should be given more time to make the needed reductions.

    In dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia called the ruling “staggering” and “absurd.” He said the high court had repeatedly overruled the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for ordering the release of individual prisoners. Now, he said, the majority were ordering the release of “46,000 happy-go-lucky felons.” He added that “terrible things are sure to happen as a consequence of this outrageous order.” Justice Clarence Thomas agreed with him.

    As California continues to wrestle the prison overcrowding issue, criminal defenders, like me, throughout the state, will work to help keep innocent and wrongly accused citizens out of these facilities. If you’re facing criminal charges, Jake Brower is here to help you. Call him today for a free consultation at 714-547-4000 or click here to send him a message about your situation.

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