SALEM, Ore. — The state prison population will increase by an estimated 14 percent to a record level of approximately 16,000 inmates during the next six years, according to population projections by state’s Office of Economic Analysis.
A semi-annual inmate population forecast, which predicts monthly populations over a 10-year period, identified recently enacted legislation as the primary driver behind the projected increase of about 2,000 inmates. The Oregon Department of Corrections currently operates 14 prisons statewide with approximately 14,450 beds.Read more
SAN FRANCISCO — A federal court panel sent state authorities back to the drawing board to draft a new plan to address California’s prison overcrowding problem after rejecting a proposal from Gov. Schwarzenegger that would have cut the prison population by 20,000 inmates over two years.
The federal panel is demanding California officials draw up a plan to reduce the total prison population by about 40,000 over two years to relieve overcrowding and improve conditions or face the imposition of a plan developed by the court.Read more