California to Reduce Prison Population by 46,000, Supreme Court Rules

Supreme Court justices have backed an order to reduce California's prison population by 46,000, a move that some are calling a “judicial travesty.”

At the same time, the state's overcrowded prison population is creating “injury and harm” to the inmate population, who are not getting itheir mental and physical health care needs met. The result has been sweeping suffering and death, the higher court ruled today.

Overcrowding has overtaken the limited resources of prison staff [and] imposed demands well beyond the capacity of the medical and mental heath facilities,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote, “and created unsanitary and unsafe conditions that make … care difficult or impossible to achieve.”

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