Overcrowding in California's Prisons Reaches Supreme Court

The Supreme Court took up the issue of overcrowded prisons in California today, as a lawyer for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger argued that a federal court order mandating the state to reduce its prison population by 40,000 over two years was too drastic and would endanger public safety. Carter G. Phillips, representing California's government, called the order "extraordinary and unprecedented" and said that it would force the state to release thousands of prisoners. He said that the state was...Full Story
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