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Old 07-30-2007, 12:03 PM
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Default California prison crisis product of long-term neglect


Article Last Updated: 07/29/2007 05:39:09 AM PDT

HOW bad is California's prison overcrowding?

Last week, two federal judges ordered creation of a special panel to examine ways to relieve California's overcrowded prisons, which could include capping the inmate population or early release of some prisoners.

The state's prison system has grown such that conditions make it impossible to provide acceptable medical and mental health care. The judge's findings include, on average, one prisoner dying every 10 days based on neglect or malpractice.
The result, according to the Atlantic Monthly, is that California houses more inmates than France, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, Singapore, and the Netherlands combined.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature tried to avoid federal intervention by passing this spring AB-900 — a $7.8 billion program to build new prison and jail cells. The judges, however, said that AB900, submitted to the courts in June, would only make the existing conditions worse.

"This court has come, with extreme reluctance but firm conviction, to the conclusion that overcrowding in the CDCR is preventing the delivery of constitutionally adequate mental health (care) ... and, therefore, that some form of limitation on the inmate population must be considered," U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton of Sacramento wrote in a 14-page decision. The mere fact that prison overcrowding in California exists as the state's violent crime continues to decline demonstrates the failure

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He said it, it will take some political courage...any out there?

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Tricksie I really don't think there are!!!! They are all too busy trying to see if they can also get into the back pocket...
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