CDCR issues update on court-ordered population reduction

Since the realignment plan took effect on Oct. 1, the state prison inmate population has dropped by an average of 933 inmates per week, without the early release of any state prison inmates. Still, with a current state inmate population of 134,804, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) fell just short of meeting its first court-mandated target –133,000 inmates by Dec. 27.

In May 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the Three-Judge Court order requiring California to reduce the number of inmates in its 33 adult prisons by approximately 33,000 and reach established benchmarks at six-month intervals.

Under the Three-Judge Court’s prisoner-reduction order, the inmate population in California’s 33 prisons must not be no more than:

  • 167 percent of designed capacity, or 133,000, by Dec. 27, 2011,
  • 155 percent of designed capacity by June 27, 2012,
  • 147 percent by December 27, 2012, and
  • 137.5 percent by June 27, 2013

Today is the first benchmark date set by the court, but CDCR has until January 10, 2012 to calculate and file an updated population report.

As of December 14, the state’s prisons were at 169.2 percent designed capacity or 134,804 inmates. Locally, the California State Prison in Lancaster reported a population of 3,955, representing 172 percent of the prison’s 2,300 inmate capacity as of Dec. 21.

Designed capacity is the number of inmates a prison can house based on one inmate per cell, single-level bunks in dormitories, and no beds in places not designed for housing. Current design capacity in CDCR’s 33 institutions is 79,858.

Copies of monthly status reports and other information are on CDCR’s Three-Judge Court update website here. CDCR also has created a graph on the website tracking the inmate population.

Actions CDCR has taken to reduce overcrowding can be found here.

  2 comments for “CDCR issues update on court-ordered population reduction

  1. Abdul Majeed Askia
    January 2, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I believe gaining a greater appreciation and respect for life will reduce
    crime and recidivism ! To understand the value and importance of a life,of
    a human being through learning to value and appreciate self will make a
    difference. As the old saying goes ‘ treat others the way you want to be
    treated’.You see the sad point is ‘a lot of people ‘ don’t like themselves!
    If you like and appreciate yourself and you feel good about yourself you
    don’t feel the need or desire to put others down. Once you truly understand
    and value yourself you began to understand the self worth of others !We
    must start to look deeper into matters to search-out solutions!

    Abdul Majeed Askia,public speaker

  2. Palmdale_Steve
    December 28, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Achieve the reductions required by taking all illegal aliens who are in custody in our state prisons to the nearest Federal court and turn them over to the court for disposition as Felon illegal aliens…problem solved.

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