Skip to comments.Supreme Court orders California to release tens of thousands of prison inmates
Posted on 05/23/2011 10:10:18 AM PDT by library user
WASHINGTON The Supreme Court ordered California on Monday to release tens of thousands of its prisoners to relieve overcrowding, saying that "needless suffering and death" had resulted from putting too many inmates into facilities that cannot hold them in decent conditions.
It is one of the largest prison release orders in the nation's history, and it sharply split the high court.
Justices upheld an order from a three-judge panel in California that called for releasing 38,000 to 46,000 prisoners. Since then, the state has transferred about 9,000 state inmates to county jails. As a result, the total prison population is now about 32,000 more than the capacity limit set by the panel.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, speaking for the majority, said California's prisons had "fallen short of minimum constitutional requirements" because of overcrowding. As many as 200 prisoners may live in gymnasium, he said, and as many as 54 prisoners share a single toilet.
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More 0bama voters.
Maybe less laws would help.
I’ll cross my fingers that what happens in California, stays in California.
Government could spend to create jobs building new jails so the prison guard union could add more members and conservatives would be happy to see criminals serve out their sentences.
Seems to me that both sides would get something out of it but I guess it is a California thing.
Wondering how they will prioritize the list for release.
Then non violent second offenders.
I hope, anyway.
Needless suffering and death will be the result of this decision! And it won't be the death of the inmates either - it'll be innocents who pay the price. Idiotic. Completely idiotic.
By skin color. The lighter skinned you are, the longer you wait.
Don't need to wait for the pic, I've added it below myself.
Okay, who’s gonna watch these people?....................
This seems like a pretty awful decision. Still California has had over crowding problems for quite some time now. Sounds like they are going to have to bite the bullet and build more prisons. They’ll just have to cut some of their wasteful social programs to actually keep people locked up.
“........saying that “needless suffering and death....”
So then, it is the opinion of the high court that the “needless suffering and death” should be moved into our neighborhoods.
Such a release in absolutely insane.
They’ll be returning to the same Ubama-voting neighborhoods they came from.
Good luck to those people.
“as many as 54 prisoners share a single toilet.”
I do not see prisoner release as a solution but this is not reasonable.
The state can install a few hundred toilets. They don’t have to be deluxe.
How many of those in the California prison system are illegals? I propose they start by deporting ALL of them FIRST. That should cut the number down considerably!
“Okay, whos gonna watch these people?”
Nobody, but the system will pretend they are.
Freak out much??
OMG a check kiter moved in next to me!!! What next a guy who got caught with a small amount of maryjane!??!!
Or execute them. they're illegal alien invaders. they can be shot as spies.
For the rest all it takes is a couple tent cities and a semi load of pink underwear. Problem solved.
I bet at least half of them are “undocumented Democrats.”
Welcome to the Liberal Twilight Zone of Insanity.
This will set a precident for the ACLU to latch on to other states to make sure that they obey the law & release their inmates. Might be tempting to a lot of states that are in deep budget trouble & maybe make a difference in putting the death row ones on a fast track.
It was 102,795 in 2009.
That's right, the number of criminal aliens in CA prisons is more than twice what the court wants released.
The Democrats have found another way of recruiting tens of thousands more voters for their candidates in subsequent elections.
“That’s right, the number of criminal aliens in CA prisons is more than twice what the court wants released.”
Start with the illegal aliens, then. Get rid of the worst of the worst. The only problem I can see with this is managing to KEEP them out since it appears that our federal government is completely unwilling to close our borders.
I would anticipate the local county and city governments to immediately sue the Department of Corrections to prevent en masse releases. These felons would have a devastating effect on their surrounding communities. Don’t we law abiding citizens have basic rights that this order will decimate? Can we ship these vermin to areas where the five majority SCJs reside?
Let me guess. Kagen and Sodajerk voted for the release.
Everything wrong the Calif. is mentioned right here..
Unlike the felons who ignore laws, Kalifornia residents are required to register their guns and ammunition.
That way the cops know to shoot their dogs first, and enter in a “Dymanic” manner when responding to 911 please for help.
I hope we here in Nevada get to bill Kalifornia for the expense of disposing of their felons bodies when we defend ourselves.
The populace pretty much deserves what they get.
Stupidity cannot be cured with money, or through education, or by legislation. Stupidity is not a sin, the victim can't help being stupid. But stupidity is the only universal capital crime: the sentence is death, there is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and without pity.
Robert A. Heinlein ~ Time Enough For Love
“Dymanic” = ”Dynamic”.
Oh come on!
You KNOW that makes too much sense!
Can’t send away all those illicit Oboma/Boxer/Fienstein votes.
Porta-Johns in the prison yard would work...that and a pee can in the cell, and everything's good to go.
What is OVERcrowding, anyway?!?! Until the number of inmates = the number of beds, I'd say that the prisons are underutilized. Simple crowding begins when inmates > beds. Even then, you could sleep 'em in shifts to relieve the crowding.
Since when is a limit of 26 minutes on the pot per day “cruel and unusual punishment” or some such?
‘Since when is a limit of 26 minutes on the pot per day cruel and unusual punishment or some such?’
I don’t think it’s possible to physically organize the toilet needs of 56 people on one toilet every 24 hours.
Port a potties would be fine, I’m not suggesting anything fancy. However a lack of basic sanitation would be cruel and unusual punishment in my opinion.
I’ve had to live with up to 7 (non criminal) persons using the same toilet. It can be done, unless people are sick. It is difficult.
20 or more would be impossible, seriously.
Chamberpots used to be the norm in society. ‘nuf said.
5 minutes every 5 hours is insufficient? We’re talking prisoners here, not hotel guests. Chamberpots for any pressing needs.
Remember, the alternative is releasing 30,000 prisoners into society pre-rehabilitation / time-served. These are people who can’t even get out on ankle-monitor parole.
As Leon used to say from the Barber shop in Dallas in regards to the “extreme conditions” foisted on prisoners in Texas: I lived in a tent in Germany for two years and all I said was I do.
“5 minutes every 5 hours is insufficient? Were talking prisoners here, not hotel guests. Chamberpots for any pressing needs.
Remember, the alternative is releasing 30,000 prisoners into society pre-rehabilitation / time-served. These are people who cant even get out on ankle-monitor parole.”
You can’t schedule your toileting so precisely. You can schedule meal times precisely. But not toilet needs so to the minute.
I’d rather have the mess than the early release. But I am advocating some porta potties here, I think that is more in line with constitutional guidelines.
How about step one...deport the illegals.
I’d agree with the chamber pots, too, as long as they get emptied reasonably.
I think the Supremes should order prison building or porta pottie installations rather than ordering prisoner release.
Can the FEDS come and take all the prisoners in CA that are not legally in this country OUT of this country?? As well as all of their amigos who have NOT been jailed but are EQUALLY illegal????? It would solve 99.9% of California’s problems.
Yup, that's certainly an obvious first step. California is more likely to coddle its illegal criminals than deport them though.
That won't work. They'll be throwing it at the guards like they do at Gitmo!!
Lets release them near the homes of the 5 Justices that were for it.
Lets release them near the homes of the 5 Justices that were for it.