Friday, January 18, 2013

Calif. Prison Overcrowding Defies Court Orders

If you were governor of a state that was under federal orders to reduce prison overcrowding, what would you do?  California's Jerry Brown has decided to change the definition of overcrowding.  Yep.  "The state said its 33 prisons on average are at 149.4% of design capacity. Nearly half of the individual prisons are much higher than that: 172% at North Kern State Prison, 187% at the Central California Women’s Facility, and the men’s section of Valley State Prison in Chowchilla is now at almost 352%."  Gov. Brown thinks that the state "has improved living conditions within its prisons to the point it no longer needs to meet court-ordered caps on prison crowding."                     


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