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California Becomes A Prisonyard
IBD Editorials ^ | May 23, 2011 | Staff

Posted on 05/23/2011 5:13:03 PM PDT by Kaslin

Justice: A 5-4 majority on the U.S. Supreme Court has just ordered California to empty its prisons of nearly a third of its prisoners because of overcrowding. The state's law-abiding citizens should be afraid — very afraid.

As is often the case these days on the supposedly conservative court — it's not — the Brown v. Plata decision was made by four liberal justices, and one "conservative" swing vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the opinion.

In it, Kennedy asserted that the overcrowding has caused "needless suffering and death," upholding a decision by the notoriously wacky Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has a long, inglorious record of deciding cases based on politics, not actual law.

The decision, in effect, overturns the landmark Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1995, without actually declaring it unconstitutional.

The problem with the Supreme Court's decision is that, in order to fix a problem that the state itself can fix given time, the court has once again stepped into a state's business and mandated a solution.

Currently, according to the Los Angeles Times, California has somewhere around 142,000 felons behind bars. It has already taken 9,000 out of its prison system and placed them into county jails.

Now, under the court's decision, the total will have to be reduced by as much as another 32,000 — perhaps more. That means lots of criminals walking the streets.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: California
KEYWORDS: overcrowding; prisons; scotus

1 posted on 05/23/2011 5:13:07 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
In it, Kennedy asserted that the overcrowding has caused "needless suffering and death,"

So will your decision you idiot.

2 posted on 05/23/2011 5:15:09 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Kaslin

This decision is going to conflict with California’s efforts to introduce gun control.


3 posted on 05/23/2011 5:15:35 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: Kaslin

And not a word about immediate deportation for the non-citizens. Our government is depriving us of the power to defend ourselves.


4 posted on 05/23/2011 5:15:59 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Kaslin

Glad I moved away from Chino when I was 14!! Lots of them will spread out to other states, might be time to buy some protection.


5 posted on 05/23/2011 5:16:32 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (How do you starve an Obama supporter? Hide his food stamps under his work boots.)
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To: Lurker

As bad as this is, I take comfort in the fact that Anthony Kennedy plans to stay in office for the next few years. I wouldn’t want Obama appointing his replacement.


6 posted on 05/23/2011 5:16:51 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Muslims are a people of love, peace, and goodwill, and if you say that they aren't, they'll kill you)
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To: Kaslin

There should be enough illegals available to be deported to meet the quota.


7 posted on 05/23/2011 5:21:17 PM PDT by Loyal Sedition (Loyal Sedition, often described as "To the right of Attila The Hun"!)
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To: Kaslin

It’s a two-fer for the Democrats. More Democrats out on the streets before Obama’s reelection, and the increased murder rate probably means less Republican voters on a net basis.


8 posted on 05/23/2011 5:24:37 PM PDT by Meet the New Boss
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To: Kaslin

I honestly can not see any reason to ever go to California.

Great beaches, nice landscaping and some very pretty backcountry, but none of that is worth the rest of their garbage.


9 posted on 05/23/2011 5:35:55 PM PDT by Gator113 ("GAME ON." I'll be voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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To: All
Call Sheriff Joe, He will tell the rats in Sacramento to house them in tents, and feed them one PB@J a day.
10 posted on 05/23/2011 5:37:42 PM PDT by troy McClure
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To: Kaslin

“Overcrowding has caused ‘needless suffering and death’” - But the criminals cause happiness, prosperity and good health. What a bunch of dipshits. Turn ‘em loose on the law abiding citizens. Ship ‘em all to the Justice’s neighborhoods. Then, you’d see some hollering for locking them up. If even one person is harmed by turning these thugs loose, then these five justices will have blood all over their hands and pretty black gowns. It’s easy to be magnanimous when it doesn’t affect you personally. When it’s your property that gets stolen or the gun gets waved in your face, well, then, reality kicks you in the ass and all that brotherhood and rehabilitation crap goes out the window.


11 posted on 05/23/2011 5:41:16 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Kaslin

Hey...these justices have security protecting them. what do they care?


12 posted on 05/23/2011 5:45:27 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Kaslin

Does IBD ever publish anything original - or just rehashed news?


13 posted on 05/23/2011 5:45:38 PM PDT by TomServo
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To: Jonty30

How many will head to San Fran.? Can they send a contingent to the Pelosi vineyards?


14 posted on 05/23/2011 5:49:38 PM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: Lurker
Someone should make up a "where to get assistance" booklet for the released prisoners.

This would have the names and addresses of members of California's ACLU.

Arranging to get it passed out to prisoners might be a bit difficult, but you only need to get ONE copy inside each prison and the prisoners will take care of that.

15 posted on 05/23/2011 5:55:09 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
The names and addresses of the justices who freed them would also be a suitable addition to those flyers.
16 posted on 05/23/2011 6:03:21 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Kaslin

Now I have to go and buy even more ammo!


17 posted on 05/23/2011 6:03:28 PM PDT by devistate one four ( Kimber CDP II .45 OORAH! TET68)
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To: Kaslin

Released prisoners will migrate to states with the most strict gun control laws.....Where they will promptly acquire a weapon and resume their trade....


18 posted on 05/23/2011 6:05:34 PM PDT by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: devistate one four
I'm making my first visit home to Idaho since January 2nd in a couple weeks. I wish it was a permanent exit. Being stuck in San Diego with this pending stupidity is not good. The gun laws in CA are so nutty that I can't risk bringing any of my firearms back into CA. I have a current CCW for Idaho. Not of much value when working in the land of fruits, nuts and felons.
19 posted on 05/23/2011 6:06:30 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Lurker

These leftist leaders are truly criminal for not simply cutting all government employee wages accordingly to fix the budget crisis. How dare they mess with public safety!


20 posted on 05/23/2011 6:06:30 PM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo with laughter")
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To: Kaslin

The NFL strike makes this even worse.


21 posted on 05/23/2011 6:08:05 PM PDT by culpeper (He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people,)
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To: Myrddin

Well, enjoy your trip home for sure!

I don’t envy your position at all.
Rock and hard...

Keep your eyes peeled when they let the thugs out, stay safe.


22 posted on 05/23/2011 6:27:44 PM PDT by devistate one four ( Kimber CDP II .45 OORAH! TET68)
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To: Kaslin

HaHaHaHaHaHa -

it will be a magnet for the bad guys from all states! Like Disneyland...NO law enforcement, no guns, no prisoners. Go west young crook! It will be fun!


23 posted on 05/23/2011 6:58:54 PM PDT by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: Kaslin

So now the “needless suffering and death” can be inflcted upon the general populace ?

The lack of prision space is the fault of the CA legislature, not the judicial/police system. Its most certainly not the fault of Joe/Jane Taxpayer who stand to bear the brunt of this fiasco......
[Brainfart] why not ship all the releasees to the neighborhoods of past/present legislators ? >PS


24 posted on 05/23/2011 7:15:16 PM PDT by PiperShade
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To: Myrddin

There’s a federal law that punishes you severely for doing that, but if the ACLU is the “lawyer of record” it’s fair to let the prisoners know who their benefactors are, and more or less invite them over for more stuff ~ a few beers, hospitality, a hot shower, a room ~ drive their cars even~


25 posted on 05/23/2011 7:22:25 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: culpeper
You forgot the -ray lewis tag!
26 posted on 05/23/2011 7:31:38 PM PDT by frogjerk (I believe in unicorns, fairies and pro-life Democrats.)
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To: Kaslin

Why, oh why do they call them “justices” ?


27 posted on 05/23/2011 7:40:07 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin ("Credit is the ruination of a nation")
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To: Kaslin

The state of CA needs to stand down the Court. Just keep the prisoners locked up and dare them to do something about it.


28 posted on 05/23/2011 8:47:08 PM PDT by Mmmike
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To: La Lydia

Thats what I was thinking. Probably half of these prisoners are illegals. They ought to call ICE and tell them to come and get them for deportation.


29 posted on 05/23/2011 9:39:20 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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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.
30 posted on 05/24/2011 8:36:16 AM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: Kaslin

Reminds me of the movie “Escape from LA”... sequel to “Escape from New York”.


31 posted on 05/24/2011 10:56:47 AM PDT by ataDude (Its like 1933, mixed with the Carter 70s, plus the books 1984 and Animal Farm, all at the same time.)
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