Legal Battle Over State's Overcrowded Prisons Goes To High Court
Professor Robert Weisberg is quoted on the U.S. Supreme Court Case that will decide whether California has to reduce overcrowding at its prisons. Doug Sovern of KCBS News Radio reports:
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether California has to reduce overcrowding at its prisons. The court has agreed to referee a long-running battle between the state and the federal government.
California's prisons are dangerously overcrowded, with 167,000 inmates in spaces designed for half that many. So a special three-judge federal panel ordered the state to reduce the population, which could require California to release up to 46,000 prisoners.
Professor Robert Weissberg, director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, says California did pass a plan to build more prisons - it just can't afford to do it.
"In theory the state could build its way out of this," he said. "But unless its willing to do so if the order stands it will have to release prisoners."