California Ordered to Free Inmates From Overcrowded Prisons

CA Ordered to Free Inmates From Overcrowded Prisons

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.