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High Court Rejects Calif. Inmate Crowding Appeal

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has rejected California's appeal of a lower-court order that could force the state to release thousands of California prison inmates before they complete their sentences.

The justices did not comment on their order Tuesday, which leaves in place the earlier ruling by a panel of three federal judges requiring California to reduce its prison population by an additional 9,600 inmates to improve conditions.

California Gov. Jerry Brown has argued that the state cannot meet that goal without releasing dangerous felons and jeopardizing public safety.

In 2011, the justices ruled that the judges had the authority to order California to reduce inmate overcrowding as the key condition for improving prison medical care.

The decision comes as state officials are in settlement talks with attorneys representing inmates.

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Peking_Duck_SD | October 15, 2013 at 11:23 a.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

I applaud the courts for standing tough on this one.

This is precisely why we have checks and balances in our goverenment.

No elected official will stand up to prison unions or do anything an opponent can use, justified or not, to paint them as "soft on crime".

We desperately need the courts to reign in the unmitigated mess of a prison state created by out of control legislatures and their prison industrial complex lobbyists.

Thank goodness something still works in our government today and we have courts willing to stand up for basic human rights!

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sdreefer21 | October 17, 2013 at 11:24 a.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

Like the right to rob a liquor store or your neighbor.

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Peking_Duck_SD | October 17, 2013 at 2:15 p.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

Sd reefer, the facts don't back-up your apparent point of view.

Locking more people up and for longer times doesn't not reduce crime and make us safer.

If it did the U.S., which imprisons more people per capita than any other nation on earth would have the lowest crime rates in the world.

We don't.

But nice to see you are sipping the kool aid and believing just as the politicians want you to to keep their multi-billion dollar, tax payer fed prison industrial complex churning!

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sdreefer21 | October 17, 2013 at 3:49 p.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

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Peking_Duck_SD | October 17, 2013 at 6:28 p.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

Wow that's some profane rant.

Let me guess, tea party?

You want the death penalty for crimes beyond murder and you want people who steal to have their hands cut-off.

The only places on earth that come close to your ignorant insanity are places like Saudi Arabia and Iran that practice strict Shiria Law.

You can call me all the names you want, but your post reveals who the real fringe loon is.

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sdreefer21 | October 17, 2013 at 10:01 p.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

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