Tag Archive: Brown v. Plata

May 24 2011

Sup.Ct: California Prisons Are “Cruel and Unusual” Punishment

Conditions in California’s overcrowded prisons are so bad that they violate the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday, in a 5-4 decision that was accompanied by a blistering dissent by Justice Scalia. The Court ordered the state to reduce its prison population by more than 30,000 inmates …

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