High court backs cuts in California prison population.

The Supreme Court has endorsed a court order requiring California…

The Supreme Court has endorsed a court order requiring California to cut its prison population by thousands of inmates to improve health care for those who remain behind bars.

The court said in a 5-4 decision Monday that the reduction is “required by the Constitution” to correct longstanding violations of inmates’ rights.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, a California native, wrote the majority opinion, in which he included photos of severe overcrowding. The court’s four Democratic appointees joined with Kennedy.

Source: The Associated Press

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