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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Can judges order California to release 40K inmates from prison?

Should federal judges be able to order California to release 40,000 inmates from prison? That's the heart of a case going before the U.S. Supreme Court today. Cali is appealing an order to release these prisoners because its prison system's health care is so horrible. In 2005, a judge found that about one person died every week because of medical neglect / malfeasance, the AP reports.

A lot of states are concerned about the precedent that could be established here. (California isn't the only prison system out there with medical woes.)

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