Inmates’ Lawyers Support Plan To Reduce Overcrowding
On Monday, lawyers representing sick inmates in California's prisons said they support a plan by the administration of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) to reduce the population of the state's 33 adult prisons to 137.5% of design capacity within two years. A three-judge panel in August ruled that overcrowding in prisons resulted in substandard health care and ordered the state to reduce the prison population by 40,000 inmates. The lawyers said they prefer the administration's plan because it gives the state "the discretion and flexibility" to determine how to reduce the prison population.
- "Inmates' Lawyers Back Plan To Cut California Prison Crowding" (Walsh, Sacramento Bee, 12/8).