Monday, May 23, 2011

California Ordered to Free 34,000 Prisoners

The United States Supreme Court has upheld a lower court decision ordering California's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to release more than 34,000 prisoners over two years to ease overcrowding and improve prisoners' quality of life. The justices said said suicidal prisoners were being held in "telephone booth-sized cages without toilets" and others, sick with cancer or in severe pain, died before being seen by a doctor. (The state's prisons were built to hold 80,000 inmates; there are now has 143,335 prisoners.)

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