Complying with the court's June deadline for lowering the prison population would endanger public safety, Brown contends in court filings seeking to overturn the deadline and the court's population cap.
``The overcrowding and health care conditions cited by this Court to support its population reduction order are now a distant memory,'' the administration argued in its court filings overnight Monday. ``California's vastly improved prison health care system now provides inmates with superior care that far exceeds the minimum requirements of the Constitution.''
The cap was imposed in 2009 after federal judges blamed crowding for causing conditions so dismal that they violated inmates' constitutional rights and resulted in the death of an average of one inmate each week due to neglect or poor care. The judges gave the state until June to reduce the population of
The decision was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011, and so far the federal judges have said they will not consider raising the cap.
That didn't deter the state from making the attempt.
``Any further federally ordered reduction of the
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