U.S. Supreme Court upholds order to release 46,000 California inmates
At issue was whether federal judges had the power to order the release of state prisoners as a necessary means of curing a constitutional violation.
Read more about the Supreme Court decision regarding the state prison population.
-- James Oliphant in Washington, D.C.
Photo: Inmates at the Mule Creek State Prison walk near their bunk beds in 2007 in a gymnasium that was modified to house prisoners in Ione, Calif., because of overcrowding. Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images