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High court backs cuts in Calif. prison population
AP via SFGate ^ | 5/23/11 | MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

Posted on 05/23/2011 7:59:04 AM PDT by SmithL

WASHINGTON (AP) --

The Supreme Court on Monday endorsed a court order requiring California to cut its prison population by thousands of inmates to improve health care for those who remain behind bars.

The court said in a 5-4 decision that the reduction is "required by the Constitution" to correct longstanding violations of inmates' rights.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, a California native, wrote the majority opinion, in which he included photos of severe overcrowding. The court's four Democratic appointees joined with Kennedy.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: overcrowding; prison; prisons; scotus
There goes the neighborhood.
1 posted on 05/23/2011 7:59:08 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Feets don’t fail me now!

Texas, here I come!


2 posted on 05/23/2011 8:00:54 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (osama gets 72 virgins. We get 72 versions...)
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To: SmithL

I have an idea. Execute all the murderers and rapists. That should free up some space.


3 posted on 05/23/2011 8:01:41 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: SmithL

Liberals run amok...I am sure letting bad guys out of prison won’t effect others civil rights will it?...right...just saying here...


4 posted on 05/23/2011 8:02:08 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: SmithL

Send them to Mexico...half of them are from there anyway.


5 posted on 05/23/2011 8:03:19 AM PDT by RockinRight (Cain/Bolton - the perfect ticket for America's future.)
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To: SmithL

How many illegal aliens in prison?


6 posted on 05/23/2011 8:05:47 AM PDT by oldbrowser (Blaming the prince of fools shouldn't blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that elected him)
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To: Paleo Conservative

I like that idea. I have another one: end all govt benefits to illegal aliens. That would have two benefits: a lot of illegals would leave, and there’d be more money for jails for those who stay.


7 posted on 05/23/2011 8:06:05 AM PDT by American Quilter (DEFUND OBAMACARE.)
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To: SmithL

Send the released crooks to stay with the judges.


8 posted on 05/23/2011 8:09:32 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: SmithL

Hahahahahahaha! “Seems it never rains in Southern California”.


9 posted on 05/23/2011 8:11:26 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Paleo Conservative

Add in those worthless drug users.

They will never be productive members of society and being in prison is just another way for them to leech off the producers.


10 posted on 05/23/2011 8:15:45 AM PDT by TheIdahoPatriot (I'll take my guns and religion, thank you. You can have your socialism.)
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To: SmithL
"The Supreme Court...endorsed a court order requiring California to cut its prison population by thousands of inmates to improve health care for those who remain behind bars."

Thereby endangering the health of innocent citizens in California neighborhoods.

11 posted on 05/23/2011 8:18:08 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Ft. Smith never had a problem with overcrowded prisons. In fact, they had a dignified way of handling the problem and encouraging visitors to come to town to witness a finely planned ceremony, sing hymns, fill the hotels and boarding houses and sell a lot of picnic lunches.
12 posted on 05/23/2011 8:26:46 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

‘I am sure letting bad guys out of prison won’t effect others civil rights will it?’

Most of them are non-violent drug users. We are wasting money putting them behind bars instead of into rehab. That’s a lot cheaper.


13 posted on 05/23/2011 8:28:36 AM PDT by webstersII
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To: SmithL

Craziest damned thing I ever heard.


14 posted on 05/23/2011 9:25:02 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The Democrat Party is Communist. The Republican Party is Socialist. The Tea Party is Capitalist.)
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To: SmithL

Craziest damned thing I ever heard.


15 posted on 05/23/2011 9:25:11 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The Democrat Party is Communist. The Republican Party is Socialist. The Tea Party is Capitalist.)
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To: SmithL

Its only the big criminals helping out the little criminals. The little criminals are let loose to disrupt and degrade Middle class society so it easier for the big criminals to loot and lord over us.


16 posted on 05/23/2011 9:31:44 AM PDT by Roninf5-1 (If ignorance is bliss why are so many Americans on anti-depressants?)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Great, when do the executions start? I suggest firing squads, it’s faster. Thanks SmithL.


17 posted on 05/23/2011 9:36:32 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: SmithL

I’m sure the many prisoners, who are incarcerated without due process, will remain behind bars.

They’ll let many of the real criminals out, instead - pedophiles, rapists, pimps, etc.


18 posted on 05/23/2011 9:38:36 AM PDT by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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To: SmithL

Perhaps this is an opportunity to demonstrate defiance to the Federal injustice system. Tell them their jurisdiction does not exist in this area and therefore their order is null and void. Do NOT release a signal prisoner.

No prisoner has a right to a conformable prison cell, much less health care services. Prisons in prison are there to serve time in their natural lives, not to have that time artificially extended at great expense to the state. They already own a debt to the State for there crime lets not make that debt higher.

Besides if Mexico can host high population prisons so can we.


19 posted on 05/23/2011 9:53:09 AM PDT by Monorprise
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To: Paleo Conservative
I have an idea. Execute all the murderers and rapists. That should free up some space.

We can't even execute those on death row. It's been hung up for years by a judge. More of them have died from natural causes and suicide than by execution. If we stopped adding to that population, it would take nearly 60 years to clear death row by executing one per month.

20 posted on 05/23/2011 10:05:08 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Cain hadn't heard of a Palestinian Right of Return? THIS is presidential material?)
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To: newzjunkey

First BUST the state unions...... save the money and build more prisons. That would increase employment as well. Then enforce immigration laws and get with it on death row....


21 posted on 05/23/2011 10:47:33 AM PDT by Republic Rocker
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To: SunkenCiv
firing squads

Sometimes I wish we could do that.

22 posted on 05/23/2011 11:00:29 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: All
Back in 2007, Arnold & the Legislature passed AB900 which was aimed at solving overcrowding by, among other things, adding 40,000 new beds via prison construction. The federal courts, however, ruled no other solution was good enough EXCEPT releasing prisoners.
23 posted on 05/24/2011 8:37:08 AM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: Republic Rocker
Actually, new prison construction was part of AB900 from 2007. The federal courts said the only solution good enough was mass release, not new construction, not outsourcing.
24 posted on 05/24/2011 8:39:43 AM PDT by newzjunkey
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