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 have the power to order the release of state prisoners as a necessary means of curing a constitutional violation. Read more »
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