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SAN DIEGO– California prisons are paying the price after U.S. Supreme court ruled that the prisons must release 36,000 prisoners within five year; forcing them to either build more facilities, or outright release the prisoners.

Larry Gerston Ph.d., a political science professor at San Jose State University says that the three-strikes law may contribute to overcrowding.

In fact, more than anything else, the problem was caused by the “three strikes” initiative passed by the voters in 1994, which allows judges to sentence twice-convicted felons to a minimum of 25 years in prison, regardless of the crime they are convicted of on the third occasion. Tens of thousands of prisoners are incarcerated because of that law, and the state has failed to build enough facilities to house them.



Supreme Court Orders California To Cut Down Prison Population