Supreme Court Orders California to Relieve Prison Overcrowding

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A majority of the US Supreme Court has ruled that California must reduce its prison population to relieve overcrowding that violates the Constitution. Dissenters claim that will mean 33,000 criminals loose on the street--while state officials are looking for ways not to release any prisoners at all. With the US incarcerating more people than any other nation, will other states face similar orders? Even many conservatives say we can’t afford more prisons. We’ll hear how Texas and other states found cheaper alternatives for punishing criminals while reducing crime and maintaining standards of common decency.

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Guests:
Carol Williams - Los Angeles Times - @cjwilliamslat, Michael Bien - Partner, Rosen, Bien & Galyan, Marc Levin - Right on Crime - @MarcALevin, Dan Lungren - US Congressman (R-CA) 3rd District and former California state Attorney General, Douglas Berman - Professor of Law at Ohio State University

Host:
Warren Olney