September 18, 2012
Another day of prison (over)populations headlines
Just about any morning I could fill this blog with stories about overcrowded prisons, but this morning these three headlines from three major news sources really caught my eye:
From the AP, "Ill. prison population all-time high"
From the Los Angeles Times, "California calls prison release plan unsafe"
From the Philadelphia Inquirer, "Prison population soaring on stiffer punishment, straining city budget"
September 18, 2012 at 09:44 AM | Permalink
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California will soon need to release up to 33000 prisoners. That's good, because most don't belong there. But don't cheer yet.
Posted by: Don | Sep 18, 2012 10:42:43 AM
The vast majority belong there, and at long last even our thug-hugging governor has to admit that releasing them is dangerous.
I don't expect the three-judge panel to grant a stay, but given the language about modification in the Supreme Court opinion, relief from SCOTUS is a strong possibility.
Posted by: Kent Scheidegger | Sep 18, 2012 3:00:44 PM
'The vast majority belong there...'
just more conservative hyperbole...with the plethora of laws and codes on the books a huge portion of the populace could be accused of doing something, no matter how minor, somewhere along the line that might be construed as a jailable offense at some point in their lives and if you haven't then your either still in diapers, nearing death or an undiscovered harbanger of the second coming. Get a grip and take another look in the mirror.
Posted by: Wishful thinking | Sep 18, 2012 6:32:31 PM
Jerry Brown launched the CA prison buildup. The last governor to cut populations there was Ronald Reagan.
Posted by: email@example.com | Sep 18, 2012 8:37:24 PM