California – 18 counties take outsized share of prison spending, study finds

July 18, 2011 – Ryan Gabrielson, California Watch California has too many inmates, the U.S. Supreme Court and nearly everyone else agrees. Orange-jumpsuited felons pack cell blocks, and row after row of bunk beds claim countless square feet in gymnasiums and other correctional buildings in the state’s 33 prisons. The burden of paying for this system falls on all Californians. But a third of the state bears greater responsibility for our overcrowded prisons than their fellow residents, according to a recently released study from Santa Clara University’s law school. W. David Ball, a criminal law professor and the study’s author, devised a new statistical measure to determine how many new felons a California county can justify sending to prison each year. [Full Story: http://californiawatch.org/dailyreport/18-counties-take-outsized-share-prison-spending-study-finds-11533 ]

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California – 18 counties take outsized share of prison spending, study finds