Wednesday, September 2, 2009

California Taking Prisoner Case to Supreme Court

Today, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he will appeal to the United States Supreme Court a court order which will require that the State of California reduce it's prisoner population by 40,000 inmates. On August 4, 2009 we reported on the panel of federal judges ordering the State of California to reduce it's prisoner population by 27%, or about 40,000 inmates within 2 years. The decision was a result of a long running case alleging that the State of California was providing insufficient medical care and treatment to its inmates. The Court had sought other remedies in the lead up to this decision, but the State was unable to fix the problems. Finally, the panel of federal judges handed down the only decision they felt was appropriate because the State was simply unable to remedy the situation. Schwarzenegger agrees with the need to reduce the prison population but believes that the way to do it is through legislation and not by way of the courts. The issue has been complicated by the recent case of the paroled sex offender who kidnapped an 11 year old girl and held her for 18 years.

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