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Articles by Donald Specter

Everything Revolves Around Overcrowding: The State of California’s Prisons

by Donald Specter, Director, Prison Law Office

I. Introduction

California has the nation’s largest and the world’s third-largest prison system.1 In two separate class action lawsuits, filed a decade apart, California prisoners sued the governor and corrections officials for violating their rights under the Eighth Amendment’s Cruel and Unusual Punishment ...