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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.

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