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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appears ready to endorse an order calling on California to move thousands of inmates out of its overcrowded prisons so that those who remain get adequate health care.

KNX 1070’s Jon Baird Reports

The justices heard an extended argument Tuesday in a case over long-standing violations of constitutional rights in a state prison system that last year averaged nearly a death a week that might have been prevented or delayed with better medical care.

The state’s 33 adult prisons hold more than 144,000 inmates. The facilities were designed to hold about 80,000.

A federal court has ordered the population cut to around 110,000 inmates within two years, but the state calls the reduction too much, too soon.

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Comments (3)
  1. jay the man says:

    This is an on going issue in california and the highest court of this land needs to settle this unjust treatment to yes inmates(human-beings) that have rights as humans to humane treatments under the same laws that convicted them. So ask yourself this question, what punishment should be given to those who know
    And over-look the very same law that they took an oath to up-hold?

    1. tamarajane says:

      well put my friend

  2. Saber 1 says:

    Get all of the illegal aliens in county jail and state prisons and ship them off to their home land. Then close the borders and overcrowding solved.

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