5 Ways California Can Imprison Fewer People
In 2009, overcrowding in California’s prisons had gotten so bad—140,000
inmates crammed into prisons built to house just 80,000—that federal
judges ruled it violated prisoners’ civil rights. Under order to reduce
the state’s prison population, Governor Brown introduced realignment in
2011, a plan to send nonviolent inmates to county jails and probation
departments rather than prison.