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Federal court orders state to reduce prison population by 40,000 inmates

Original post made on Aug 5, 2009

A federal court panel ordered the state Tuesday to reduce the population of its overcrowded prisons by up to 40,000 inmates within two years to correct what the panel called "woefully and constitutionally inadequate" health care.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 6:55 AM

Comments (7)

Posted by Frank Courser, a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 5, 2009 at 8:50 am

This case had gone on for years, yet the legislature and the governor has had no impetus to make any change what so ever. It has been a case of deliberate indifference on the part of the department of corrections, much due to the ban on the media which has reduced media access to the population. The real problem is the lack of sentencing reform that has been so badly needed. Special interest has pushed for years longer and more punitive sentences with fear tactics and flat out misinformation. Three Strikes was a classic example where all that was mentioned were violent offenders, 15 years later we see 2/3's are non- violent offenders! This lock em up and throw away the key approach has broken the system and created massive incarceration of low level offenders doing double time or life for simple drug possession or shoplifting. When will the legislature stop bending to special interest and finally look at real sentencing reform? How long is long enough?


Posted by Timothy T, a resident of Downtown
on Aug 5, 2009 at 10:13 am

Wait. Isn't prison supposed to suck?


Posted by Another Gatetree Resident, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 5, 2009 at 11:53 am

Is it 40k or 43k as reported by the PW at this Web Link ??

Not only do they disclose poster's real names, but they can't keep their own reported statistics consistent.

Nice...NOT.


Posted by anonymous, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 5, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Great, my friend got sentenced a couple years ago to 31 years and I miss him already. Sounds like he should could be home soon. Just FYI, this isn't a bad thing. Our tax dollars go into keeping some people locked away WAY too long. We need to address the fine line between "rehabilitation" and "punishment".


Posted by Home Owner, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 5, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Buying a dog and a gun....


Posted by RYAN, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 9, 2009 at 9:18 am

Good article. Sounds like you have it right. The guards are very angry right now over all of this and are taking their anger out on the prisoners. At Sierra Conservation Center the inmates were made to stand in the hot afternoon sun for four hours while the guards tore up their cells for a radio that was missing from a guard. That is a lie, inmates are not interested in a guards radio.


Posted by CHARLES, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 9, 2009 at 9:19 am

yes ! if you think the guards are mad at inmates this is true ..guards are at the news site online showing there hate for inmates and there familyss


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