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California's 33 state prisons were designed for roughly 100,000 inmates but now hold about 172,000, and a federal judge has given the state until June to reduce overcrowding.
Corrections officials had hoped that 2,260 inmates would volunteer to transfer to other states, but only 460 have done so. Earlier this month, Corrections Secretary James Tilton ordered the transfer of up to 5,000 inmates to private prisons in Arizona, Indiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
Those transfers will take place unless the administration's request to temporarily block the ruling is denied.
To fight overcrowding, Schwarzenegger also has asked lawmakers to review sentencing laws and consider an $11 billion prison and jail building program.
Originally posted by Icarus Rising
It isn't funny, though.
The trend in prison populations is just the opposite. More people are being held longer for less reason than ever before.
[edit on 21-2-2007 by Icarus Rising]