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The inmate housing crisis continues

Posted by Josh M. Solberg | Aug 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

The LA Times reports here that the LA County Board of Supervisors have condemned the decision by the State of California to house some state prisoners at county jails and have county probation departments supervise some parolees, claiming that the plan will increase crime, both inside and outside of the already crowded county lock-ups.  This is happening in large part in an attempt by Sacramento to appease the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has demanded that the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation begin to relieve overcrowding, to ensure that continued detention of inmates does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment, a violation of the Eighth Amendment. I know from speaking with many of my clients that conditions at both county and state facilities are generally atrocious, mostly because of severe overcrowding. And it seems like the State is now just trying to shift the atrociousness onto the shoulders of the counties. The obvious solution, and one that is rarely mentioned by anybody with any political power, is to reform this state's absurdly draconian sentencing laws. It is a real shame that no politician in this state appears to have the political will to shine a light on just how absurd our system is.

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Joshua M. Solberg possesses the keen analytical insight and attention to detail required of a successful Law & Motions practitioner. His understanding of the intricacies of federal and state Constitutional and criminal law, his tireless devotion to research and his ability to recognize winning issues make him an invaluable asset for those represented by The Criminal Defense Group.


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