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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2007 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Friday that his administration would forcibly shift thousands of inmates to out-of-state prisons because only a few hundred had volunteered to leave. The governor's decision escalates the pressure to overhaul a corrections system that officials say will be out of space by summer. A federal judge has given the state until June to relieve the crowding or face a possible cap on admissions.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2009 | Carol J. Williams and Nicole Santa Cruz
Corrections experts warned two years ago that overcrowding at the California Institution for Men at Chino created "a serious disturbance waiting to happen," foreshadowing the weekend riot that injured 175 prisoners, destroyed or damaged six dormitories and forced relocation of at least 1,000 men. The Chino prison housing 5,900 inmates, nearly twice its designed capacity, remained on lockdown Monday, as did nine other state prisons from which officers...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2009 | Michael Rothfeld and Patrick McGreevy
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday asked a panel of federal judges to delay their order that the state produce a plan to reduce prison crowding, saying he would take the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court if they did not grant the request. In the motion filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, the governor said the order should be delayed pending an appeal to be filed Thursday in the Supreme Court, arguing that the state would probably win in the nation's high court. The order was issued Aug. 4 by judges overseeing two lawsuits filed by inmates complaining of inadequate medical and mental health treatment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2009 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center has become too overcrowded to handle the expected surge of H1N1 flu patients in coming months, county leaders said this week as they forced hospital officials to reduce wait times by transferring patients more quickly. The crowd waiting for emergency room beds at County-USC often swells to 100, some waiting up to 24 hours, Supervisor Gloria Molina said. Recent county reports show that 30% to 40% of the time the hospital is operating at "severely" and "dangerously" overcrowded levels.
NATIONAL
May 23, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
The Supreme Court, in a narrow 5-4 decision, has an upheld an injunction by a three-judge panel ordering California to release about 46,000 inmates -- more than one-fourth the state prison population -- over the next two years to relieve overcrowding. The decision was written by Justice Anthony Kennedy and backed by the court's liberal bloc. At issue was whether federal judges had the power to order the release of state prisoners as a necessary means of curing a constitutional violation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1990
Your Nov. 25 front-page photo of overcrowding in jails caught my eye. I couldn't help thinking, though, that a similar photo of the even greater overcrowding in our public schools would be just as interesting. Who is our society punishing more? RACHEL BREZINSKI, Dana Point
BUSINESS
January 14, 2001 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The most innovative attraction at Walt Disney Co.'s new California Adventure may be the simulated hang-glider ride over the natural and man-made wonders of the Golden State. Soarin' Over California is estimated to handle 1,250 riders an hour--but on busy days that means as many as half of the park's visitors won't be able to get on. It's just one example of what is looming as a major issue for the new park: overcrowding. California Adventure park, set to open Feb.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1992 | JON NALICK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After a 90-minute tour of some of the city's most overcrowded neighborhoods on Friday, a top state housing official said he has seen few areas as densely packed with people, and agreed with local officials that the problem jeopardizes the health and safety of residents. "I've seen different underdeveloped areas that were overcrowded before, but probably never of this magnitude," said Carl D. Covitz, state secretary for housing, business, transportation and housing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday signaled his intention to appeal a federal court decision ordering a special judicial panel to examine severe overcrowding in California's prison system. The governor's action comes a day after the chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals created the three-judge panel, following the recommendation of two federal judges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
Ventura County Sheriff Bob Brooks said Friday that he has extended the early release program at the main jail in Ventura because of ongoing overcrowding. Brooks blames the overcrowding on a lack of funding by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors. That has forced him to close the women's jail in Ojai and move those inmates to Ventura, he said. That jail has capacity for 200 female inmates and 1,400 men.
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