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California told to cut prison population.

California must bring its prison crowding under control, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in May, in a case in which APHA had signed a friend-of-the court brief.

In a 5-4 opinion by Justice John Paul Kennedy, the court ruled that states can be required to reduce over-population in prisons under the 1996 Prison Litigation Reform Act.

In the brief, signed by APHA as well as the American Nurses Association and the Academy of Correctional Health Professionals, the groups argued that health care in California's prisons falls short of minimally adequate standards and that California's substandard delivery of health care in prisons threatens public health and results in unnecessary, preventable deaths.

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The decision requires California to reduce its prison population by 33,000 inmates over the next two years.
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Title Annotation:APHA ADVOCATES: Recent actions on public health by APHA
Author:Tucker, Charlotte
Publication:The Nation's Health
Geographic Code:1U9CA
Date:Aug 1, 2011
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