US court upholds California prison release order
WASHINGTON May 23 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld on Monday an order that California reduce its overcrowded prisons by some 40,000 inmates to fix longtime problems with inadequate medical and mental health care.
By a 5-4 vote, the justices rejected California's appeal and upheld a federal lower-court order that required the nation's largest state prison system to sharply cut its inmate population in stages over two years.
The court-mandated population limit is necessary to remedy the violation of prisoners' constitutional rights, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the Supreme Court majority. (Reporting by James Vicini; Editing by Philip Barbara)
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