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May 23, 2011

Early press coverage and reactions to SCOTUS California prison ruling in Plata

Thanks to this post at How Appealing, everyone can quickly jump to some of the early press coverage of the Supreme Court work in the Plata prison ruling this morning (basics here).  Here are some of the highlights:

  • From the Los Angeles Times here, "Supreme Court orders California to release tens of thousands of prison inmates. A quote within:

    The American Civil Liberties Union said the court had "done the right thing" by addressing the "egregious and extreme overcrowding in California's prisons." David Fathi, director of the ACLU national prison project, said "reducing the number of people in prison not only would save the state taxpayers half a billion annually, it would lead to the implementation of truly rehabilitative programs that lower recidivism rates and create safer communities."

  • From the San Jose Mercury News here, "Supreme Court upholds order requiring California to reduce prison population." Some quotes within:

    In a statement, Gov. Jerry Brown appeared ready to drop the state's fight against the court order and press ahead with his proposed legislation to reduce the prison population primarily by shifting inmates to county jails. He also suggested he'll push the Legislature to provide the funding to the counties that will be needed to transfer as many as 30,000 prisoners to the local level. "As we work to carry out the court's ruling, I will take all steps necessary to protect public safety," the governor said....

    Don Specter, director of the Prison Law Office, praised the ruling, saying it "will not only help prevent prisoners from dying of malpractice and neglect, but it will make the prisons safer for the staff, improve public safety and save the taxpayers billions of dollars."

  • From the AP here, "High court to Calif: Cut prison inmates by 30,000." Some quotes within:

    Michael Bien, one of the lawyers representing inmates in the case, said, "The Supreme Court upheld an extraordinary remedy because conditions were so terrible."

    The ruling comes amid efforts in many states, accelerated by budget gaps, to send fewer people to prison in the first place. Proposals vary by state, but include ways to reduce sentences for lower-level offenders, direct some offenders to alternative sentencing programs and give judges more discretion in sentencing. "There's a growing consensus that there are better ways to run criminal justice systems," said Michael Mushlin, an expert on prisoners' rights at Pace Law School in White Plains, N.Y.

Today's main posts on the Plata ruling:

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The union spent $7 million on last year's elections, and of the 107 candidates it endorsed, 104 were elected.

Posted by: George | May 23, 2011 7:34:23 PM

Yup, money talks Bull$h_t walks but it does rub both ways though. In this case the union and in another case private corporations seeking to obtain outsourced prison duties.

Posted by: james | May 23, 2011 7:48:43 PM

How many innocent people are going to die because of this nonsense?

A rigged game, and a Supreme Court that abdicated its responsibility. And crowing liberals. What a great day.

Posted by: federalist | May 23, 2011 9:05:42 PM

Federalist:

Mein Fuehrer:

It is a great day.

Sieg Heil!

Maybe I won't be shot by cops and have it swept under the rug. Yes, that is real justice!

Posted by: albeed | May 23, 2011 11:29:31 PM

"...but it will make the prisons safer for the staff,..."

I am a warden. I have to choose. Should I get rid of the prisoner that beats up my staff on a regular basis, or the friendly, funny one, that is very popular with my staff, whom they will miss if gone?

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 24, 2011 4:51:44 AM

I urge the House to impeach all nine Justices. They are a threat to the public safety. Those who believe in prayer, should pray. The Justices should become the victims of street crime.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 24, 2011 4:55:35 AM

The number of Justices must also be changed to an even number.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 24, 2011 7:38:06 AM

If this lawless body insists on writing laws, let it have a legislative size, such 1000 seats. Let's exclude lawyers from the Supreme Court. They are incompetents making ghoulish decisions on technical subjects they know nothing abut. They are like two year olds, playing, throwing things around the room, except the things are people's lives.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 24, 2011 9:10:21 AM

Hopefully this will not be the eventual direction we're headed towards.

http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/05/2011518184325620380.html

Posted by: james | May 24, 2011 6:35:01 PM

heading toward james? where you been last 10-15 years. WE ARE THERE! just take a walk though the cuban prison or almost ANY prison in calif! and texas among others!

Posted by: rodsmith | May 25, 2011 1:23:43 AM

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