Symbol of California Prison Overcrowding Comes To End

TRACY, Calif. (AP) — California prisons are marking a milestone after removing the last of nearly 20,000 beds that were jammed into gymnasiums and other common areas to house inmates who overflowed traditional prison cells.

Corrections Secretary Matthew Cate says double- and triple-stacked bunk beds became the iconic symbol of California’s prison overcrowding crisis. He announced the end of the arrangement at a prison news conference Friday.

The inmate population has dropped by nearly 19,000 inmates since a new law took effect in October that is sending less serious offenders to county jails instead of state prisons.

The law was prompted by federal judges who forced California to radically change the way it punishes criminals.

The nontraditional beds once held more inmates than the entire prison populations of 25 other states.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

  • TOM

    Well you know alot of trash went home without there free operation dental work and so on .You all remeber soylent green we should do the same with carrier criminals .Think of the savings and the trash we would get rid of lol .

  • Dave

    Thanks for making California a more dangerous state. :( Thanks alot Moonbeamer Brown. :(

  • toni

    non traditional beds? what’s next temper pedic beds, room service?

    • ihatethenannystate

      federal prison


    Where crime is on the rise, jobs are few, and the overall economy is terrible, leave it to a federal judge to release 40,000 men with bad intentions, no skills and limited ability except in committing crime back into society. I guarantee these men are probably in better physical condition then most people and the judge was worried about their rights and physical well being. Typical bubble person loon who has no clue about the real world making decisions that effect the entire population. When evil doers have more rights and privileges then the honest segment of the population we are in trouble as a society. Lets see how the crime rate goes over the next 18 months especially in Los Angeles county. Sheriff Joe has the right idea, put them in tents and make them work, but alas that is cruel and inhumane punishment and criminals have to be coddled, remember that as one of these fellows is kicking your head in as he steals your wife’s purse.

  • Whitey

    I propose the following symbol for prison overcrowding: One shovel and a large plot of land. Seriously… starting zipping these guys and burying them one by one.

    Problem solved.

  • andy

    oops! silly me. I thought I was going to read that they actually executed someone whose been sitting around 20 years

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