State Prison Population Has Dropped by 8,000 Under Realignment Plan
The number of state prison inmates has fallen by more than 8,200 since California implemented a realignment plan in October, according to court papers filed by state officials, KPCC's "KPCC News" reports (Small, "KPCC News," KPCC, 12/16).
Five years ago, a federal judge ruled thatÂ poor prison health care in California was leading to about 50 inmate deaths annually. A three-judge panel appointed a federal receiver to oversee health care and ordered the state to reduce its prison population.
Decline in Inmate Numbers
The state prison population has declined from a high of 173,000 in 2006 to 135,000 currently.
However, many state prisons still house more prisoners than they were designed to hold, according to "KPCC News" ("KPCC News," KPCC, 12/16).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.