May 25th, 2011

"More than 162,000 inmates currently reside in California’s prison system. For years, many facilities have held nearly twice the number of prisoners they were built for." Incredible photos from inside California’s prisons from Mother Jones. Follow them on Tumblr.

May 24th, 2011


On Monday, the Supreme Court ordered California to reduce overcrowding in its prisons. So just how bad is it? California’s 33 state prisons are designed to hold a total of 80,000 inmates. As of Monday, they held 143,435 inmates, nearly 180 percent of their intended capacity, resulting in one preventable death every week. Prison overcrowding has been a problem in California for decades.

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Infographic: Just How Crowded Are California’s Prisons? - Politics - GOOD

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May 23rd, 2011
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