Lawyers for California’s sick inmates say they like the Schwarzenegger administration’s plan for reducing the prison population, and urged a three-judge federal panel to let state officials decide what methods to use, the Sacramento Bee reports. The plan calls for a reduction in the population of 33 adult prisons to 137.5 percent of design capacity within two years.
The judicial panel ruled in August that substandard health care in the adult prisons violates the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment, and that overcrowding is the primary reason. The design capacity of the 33 prisons is 80,000, and the population is 150,000. The court ordered a reduction of 40,000 inmates to a population of 110,000 within two years.