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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:

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: michael.d.connelly-1@ou.edu | Sep 18, 2012 8:37:24 PM

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