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Evidence-Based Reforms to Reduce California’s Overcrowded Prisons

California’s overcrowded prisons have become a breeding ground for the coronavirus. The state’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has reported a total of 7,703 confirmed COVID-19 cases in its 35 facilities since the start of the pandemic.

California's Little Hoover Commission addressed the state’s overcrowded prisons in a 2014 report, “Sensible Sentencing for a Safer California.” The Commission found that hundreds of laws had been enacted to increase sentencing length, add sentence enhancement and create new sentencing laws.

Read the full blog here.

Read the 2014 commission report here.

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