Judges demand prompt action
By Brian Leubitz
The three judge panel looking at the constitutionality of our prisons appears to be just about done with the administration and the speed of prison reform. Today they issued an order that indicates just how much they are peeved:
Their order demands that California’s prison system population be reduced to 137.5 percent of capacity by the end of the year, a requirement that essentially means the state must begin finding ways to reduce the inmate population or face a contempt citation. (SacBee)
Not only does this essentially require the release of 10,000 inmates, but the judges eliminated any state processes that would slow the releases – and required progress reports every two weeks. It’s like a student you don’t trust to do their homework.
Considering this case has already got something of a thumbs up from the Supreme Court, there isn’t a huge grounds for appeal, but I’m sure the administration will look to what grounds are left. In the interim, the administration is going to have to start emptying the state prisons.