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California to Force Convict Transfers

By Critical_Conformity     Feb 2, 2007 in Crime
As many as 5,000 California convicts will be transferred out of state to ease an overcrowding crisis in the United States largest prison system.
"We are severely overcrowded, and the need for more space is absolutely critical," state Corrections Secretary James Tilton said in a statement. "This decision is being made to protect public safety."
A federal judge has already warned that he would start releasing inmates early or prohibit convicts from being sent to state prisons from county jails unless the state acted immediately to ease overcrowding.
California's 33 state prisons are designed to hold 100,000 inmates but currently house about 174,000. About 16,000 inmates sleep in gymnasiums, hallways and other common areas filled with beds.
"We will continue to seek volunteer inmates who are willing to serve their sentences in other states," Tilton said. "But we also will begin to move inmates involuntarily so that they are no longer sleeping in gymnasiums, day rooms and other inappropriate areas of the prisons."
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