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Unformatted text preview: 1 Prison Populations California has the second largest prison system in the nation. Population of 171,527 inmates is housed in facilities designed to only hold 80,000 inmates. Overcrowded prisons have caused health problems for inmates because facilities do not have enough resources to care for them. Other effects of overcrowding in prisons are increase of violence and public safety as violent offenders are released early from their sentences so prisons can have enough beds for new inmates. Although the State of Californias population has increased by 14 million since 1980 it does not explain the increase of the prison population. One of the biggest factors that contribute to such a high prison population is the way defendants are punished and sentenced, particular repeat offenders. Determinate sentencing laws require strict, harsher sentencing for individuals with drug offenses. For instance, first time drug offenders are sentenced to state prison. Determinate sentencing laws require stricter, harsher, and offenders are sentenced to state prison....
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This note was uploaded on 07/19/2011 for the course COM 150 150 taught by Professor Courtright during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.
- Spring '10