The Supreme Court has ordered California to ease prison overcrowding. So how bad is it? And what kinds of crimes are all those inmates locked up for?
On Monday, the Supreme Court ordered California to reduce overcrowding in its prisons. So just how bad is it? California's 33 state prisons are designed to hold a total of 80,000 inmates. As of Monday, they held 143,435 inmates, nearly 180 percent of their intended capacity, resulting in one preventable death every week. Prison overcrowding has been a problem in California for decades.