California Ordered to Free Inmates From Overcrowded Prisons
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

black man in prisonHide your kids, hide your wife? A panel of federal judges on Thursday ordered California officials to begin releasing inmates from its overcrowded prisons, the New York Times reports.

The panel suggests that Gov. Jerry Brown expand on good-behavior time credits that would allow inmates to complete their prison sentences early.

The judges expect prison capacity to be down to 137 percent by the end of the year. That’s about 10,000 inmates who could be freed. About 110,000 inmates would remain locked up. The prisons are currently at 150 percent capacity, the Times reports.

Brown, who aggressively fought a 2011 Supreme Court ruling that found the current state prison system amounted to cruel and unusual punishment, due to poor health and living conditions, has said he will push back and make a second appeal to the Supreme Court.

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Aaron Morrison is an award-winning New York area-based multimedia journalist with a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University. Aaron uses video, audio, photography, the web and social networks to tell captivating stories across all media platforms. Over the last year, Aaron has worked as a general assignment reporter for the Daily Record (Gannett) in northern New Jersey. Before that, he spent the spring of 2010 as the temporary legislative relief reporter for The Associated Press' statehouse bureau in Trenton, N.J. In his down time, Aaron enjoys the company of his friends and extended family. He is a fan of culinary arts and dreams of having a home kitchen so tricked out that Julia Child turns over in her grave.