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Judges Order California to Reduce State Prisoner Population

By Joel Zand on August 04, 2009 5:58 PM

A panel of three federal judges ordered the State of California to reduce its inmate population because of prison overcrowding, resulting in the release of approximately 43,000 prisoners during the next two years so that the state's prisons can operate at 137.5% of their design capacity.

In a 184-page opinion, the panel ordered California to provide an inmate reduction plan within 45 days to carry out the court's directive "in no more than two years."

You can read the complete decision below:

Related Resources:

    • Fed judges order Calif. to cut inmate population, (AP)
    • Criminal Law Center
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