Will Inmates Get Early Release?
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Two federal judges say overcrowding in California prisons violates the Constitution. The Governor and the Legislature have approved eight billion dollars to build more space, but judges say that won’t happen quickly enough. Also, federal inspectors at King-Harbor Hospital.
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Federal Regulators Begin Survey of King-Harbor ()
Thirteen federal inspectors arrived unannounced yesterday at King-Harbor Hospital with plans to stay for at least a week. At stake is the loss of $200 million dollars, which County Supervisors say will force them to shut down the facility.
- Charles Ornstein: Reporter on Public Health and Health Policy for the Los Angeles Times
Panel Will Address Prison Overcrowding ()
The overcrowding of California’s state prisons led Governor Schwarzenegger to declare a state of emergency late last year. Yesterday, two federal judges ruled simultaneously that he and the legislature are not doing enough to correct the conditions that violate the Constitution. More than 170,000 inmates are crammed into a space built for 135,000. If the courts decide to cap the prison population, 35,000 prisoners could be released early.
- Sharon Dolovich: Law professor at UCLA, expert in prison law and policy
- Don Specter: Director of the nonprofit Prison Law Office
- Marc Klaas: Founder, the KlaasKids Foundation
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