“The three-judge court ordered the premature release of approximately 46,000 criminals — the equivalent of three Army divisions.”
— Justice Alito
On Monday, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 that California’s overcrowded prisons violate the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
The Supreme Court’s solution? Reduce California’s prison population by 46,000.
Did I mention this was awesome?
The picture above looks fairly similar to the training conditions one may encounter during a stint in the United States military. That is, the more comfortable ones.
These prisoners should be thankful they have three square meals a day, indoor sleeping berths, and access to a gym.
In the military, we got to sleep outside, shivering in the rain and mud. We smelled like goats and suffered through sleep deprivation. We did it because it made us stronger. We did not do it because we hurt someone or committed some other felony.
In the worst case, the state will release all of these prisoners. In the best case, California will transfer most of them to new facilities. Either way, California’s population suffers at the behest of five unelected jurists 3,000 miles away.
At best we get more taxes. At worst, more crime.
Either way, it’s win-win for Californians.