Supreme Court refuses to halt pending prisoner releases
August 5, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court refused Friday to halt the pending release of nearly 10,000 California inmates by years end to deal with unconstitutional prison conditions caused by overcrowding. [CNN]
The court voted 6-3 Friday to reject a plea from Gov. Jerry Brown for an injunction to delay implementation of the order from 2011 that the state most cut its inmate population. Brown argued that releasing the inmates will increase crime rates.
Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas voted to grant the state’s request.
In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed that California’s medical and mental health care for inmates fell below a constitutional level of care and that the only way to meet the requirement was by reducing prison crowding.