California is Ordered to Cut Prison Population by 10,000 Inmates

Mike O'Brien
Posted: 06/25/2013

The state of California has been ordered to cut its prison population by nearly 10,000 inmates by the end of the year.

The order, issued by a three-judge panel, stipulates that the number of inmates in state prisons should be reduced from the present 150 percent overcapacity to 137.5 percent.

It comes after years of legal wrangling over the chronic state of California’s correctional system.

In 2011 the Supreme Court said California had violated the ban on cruel and unusual punishment, adding that its prison system was unconstitutional.

Mike O'Brien
Posted: 06/25/2013