JURIST Supported by the University of Pittsburgh

THIS DAY AT LAW
Today in legal history...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Supreme Court upheld order to reduce California prison population
Katherine Bacher at 12:00 AM ET

On May 23, 2011, the US Supreme Court upheld an order requiring California to release up to 46,000 prisoners in order to remedy the state's overcrowded prisons. The Court found that California's prison system, which was found to be operating at 200 percent of its intended capacity, violated inmates' Eighth Amendment rights. California's inability to construct additional facilities allegedly caused the inmates to receive inadequate medical care. In August 2011, the California Legislative Analyst's Office issued a report which stated that the state was unlikely to meet the two-year deadline set by the Court.



Learn more about prisoners' rights and the Eighth Amendment from the JURIST news archive.




Link post | IM post | go to JURIST | © JURIST, 2012


LATEST DAYS

 Convention on Cybercrimes opens for signature
November 23, 2014

 President Harding signed "anti-beer bill"
November 23, 2014

 click for more...

SYNDICATION

Add This Day at Law to your RSS reader or personalized portal:
  • Add to Google
  • Add to My Yahoo!
  • Subscribe with Bloglines
  • Add to My AOL

E-MAIL

Subscribe to This Day at Law alerts via R|mail. Enter your e-mail address below. After subscribing and being returned to this page, please check your e-mail for a confirmation message.
MyBlogAlerts also e-mails alerts of new This Day at Law entries. It's free and fast, but ad-based.

CONTACT

This Day at Law welcomes reader comments, tips, URLs, updates and corrections. E-mail us at archives@jurist.org