Only five states (Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, N. Dakota and Vermont) are not currently involved in major litigation over prison conditions, says a newly released report from the ACLU's National Prison Project. Another finding of the seven page document, "Status Report: The Courts and the Prisons," is that 41 states are operating under court orders to reduce crowding and/or correct unconstitutional conditions. This annual report on prison litigation is available for $3 from the American Civil Liberties Union.
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