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The U.S. Supreme Court has finally issued a ruling on California’s overcrowded prisons, and on a 5-4 decision, the state has been ordered to follow a prisoner-release plan devised by a three-judge panel due to the conclusion that overcrowding violated constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment.
In light of the ruling, other states may also face pressure to reduce prison overcrowding. There were 18 states that supported California’s request to receive more time.