California’s prisons are still dangerously overcrowded

In 2011, the Supreme Court intervened in California’s increasingly dangerous prison system. Ruling 5-4, the court determined that conditions inside California’s prisons were unconstitutional, a violation of the eighth amendment that needed to be rectified by rapidly bringing prison populations down. In practice, this worked out into prison realignment—shifting many prisoners to jails, and also […]

Following Up On Prison Overcrowding

California made national headlines last year with the mandate to reduce its prison population in order to address egregious overcrowding. Prisons were so packed that they had difficulty providing enough beds for prisoners, let alone services like health care, food, and access to exercise, education, and other basic rights of life. Appalled by the conditions […]