Supreme Court blocks early release of prisoners
January 19, 2010
The Supreme Court temporarily blocked an attempt to allow the early release of 40,000 prisoners in California. [Los Angeles Times]
The early release is being advocated as a way to reduce prison overcrowding in California. However, the Supreme Court decided Tuesday morning to put off ruling on the issue for a few months.
Governor Arnold Scwarzenegger originally filed an appeal to the justices, challenging the ruling of a three-judge panel who found that prisoners were being denied adequate health care because of overcrowding. The governor is challenging the rights of judges to order such a dramatic reduction in the prison population.
The three judges ordered the state to come up with an early release plan and Sacramento complied. The Supreme Court is blocking the prisoner release until they can decide whether or not the judges went too far in their ruling.