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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
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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.
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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.
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July 11, 2004 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
Liberated by slowing enrollment growth and the construction of new campuses, California schools are beginning to turn away from a practice that eases crowding but is loathed by teachers, parents and students: overlapping "multitrack" schedules. But the move, which gained momentum this year, does not necessarily mean a return to the long days of summer fun for students. Among schools reverting to single tracks, many are keeping year-round schedules that some experts say improve learning.
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November 19, 2003 | Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writer
On a playground at Virgil Middle School in Los Angeles, 340 red-and-white-clad children play side by side, atop a blacktop surface that seems to offer room for half that number of youngsters. Some students do jumping jacks; others shoot baskets. Some spike volleyballs; others sit on bleachers and watch. Six teachers supervise the classes, shouting above the din that goes along with so many children in so small a space. Theirs is a tough job.
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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.
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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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February 12, 2006 | Sharon Bernstein and Megan Garvey, Times Staff Writers
The violence that rocked Los Angeles County's jail system over the last week is the legacy of operating jails on the cheap -- with violent inmates living in large, open rooms despite wide agreement nationally that such offenders should be held in cells. Sheriff's Department officials freely acknowledge that the practice has exacerbated racially charged disturbances in the jails, where violent incidents have increased significantly since 2003.
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August 24, 2007 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
. -- Mark Childress knows prisons -- from the inside. Though only 36 years old, he's done stretches in 10 state lockups, including some of the toughest around. And now California has locked him up again -- this time in Arizona. Childress is a part of a first wave of about 700 male convicts that California has shipped to privately owned and operated prisons in Arizona, Tennessee and Mississippi. "I feel good, like I could do another 10 years," he said, half-jokingly.
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June 4, 2003 | Daren Briscoe, Times Staff Writer
Continuing its campaign to control the county's spiraling health costs, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to begin requiring proof of residence from most patients seeking treatment at county hospitals and health centers.
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