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Packing the House: The Back Story on California’s Prison Boom

California’sĀ prisons are old, crumbling, and packed to the gills with inmates. The inmate populationĀ  exploded in the late 1980s and 90s. It rose almost 900 percent over three decades and reached an all-time high in 2006, with more than 172,000 inmates behind bars. During that same period, the state almost tripled the number of prison facilities: Continue reading