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Calif. Given 2 Years to Cut Prison Population

February 11, 2014  | 

A federal court gave California two more years Monday to reduce the population of its overcrowded prisons, yielding to pressure from state officials who said they could meet an impending deadline only by shipping thousands of inmates to other states, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The three-judge court had initially set a June 2013 deadline for the state to lower the inmate population to 37.5 percent above its designed capacity in order to reduce overcrowding that had undermined prison health care.

The court extended the deadline several times. The latest deadline was Feb. 24, but on Monday, the court said it was reluctantly granting Gov. Jerry Brown's request for another two years. The main reason, the court said, was a warning from state officials that they would respond to an order for immediate compliance by transferring more inmates to prisons in other states, joining 8,900 California prisoners already locked up out of state.

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Serpico @ 2/11/2014 11:50 AM

Let all the criminals loose just like Castro's Cuba! Then set up FEMA Camps for citizens who believe in the Right to Privacy, The Second Amendment, Innocent until Proven Guilty, The Bill of Rights and the US Constitution! As usual Federal Judges side with the Ruling Elites because they are apart of the same NWO team! The people who should be in jail are the ones who let the Borders open, and let US citizens be killed because of Transnationalism/Globalism.

DPB @ 2/11/2014 4:57 PM

Excessive overcrowing is undermining Prison Healthcare!!! That is what these ba$tard$ are worried about??? How about the victims of crime that have already been perpetrated and those crimes to be committed when these dirt bags get out. Lets execute a few murderers, rapists, child moletsters, etc and reduced the need for health care in prison!

James H @ 2/11/2014 7:26 PM

Telling CA to lower the inmate population is like telling the Dept of Education to raise student scores. If the students don't buy in, scores won't go up. If the criminals keep committing crimes, the inmate population won't go down. What about opening up some beds on death row? Let's follow through!!

Fed Chief @ 2/12/2014 6:23 AM

There are are over 800 inmates on death row at the "Q". Take care of that, and they've instantly reduced the population by 800. Stop commuting sentences to life (Charley Manson comes to mind). I say give Sheriff Joe some Fed money, and transfer them to him. Pink underwear, bologna sandwiches and water, no TV, No law library, no computers, no visitors, no Yard, no privacy,... They won't want to come back.

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