The California prison system is now under scrutiny by federal courts who have recently deemed certain aspects are a danger to the lives of inmates. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the current issue with overcrowding has created unconstitutional circumstances for prisoners, and the situation may possibly result in an early release for many of them.
A meeting between a special panel of judges is set for Tuesday, where there will be decisions made regarding whether the extent of the problem with overcrowding warrants reducing the inmate population in the state.
As quoted in the AP report of civil rights attorney Michael Bien, “The time has come: The extreme, pervasive and long-lasting overcrowding in California prisons must be addressed.”
The total inmate capacity for California prisons is at 100,000. Currently, there are approximately 156,300 in the state’s 33 prisons.
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