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A day in an overcrowded prison

<p>Inmates walk around an exercise yard at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. The Supreme Court has ordered California to release more than 30,000 inmates over the next two years or take other steps to ease overcrowding in its prisons to prevent "needless suffering and death." REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Inmates walk around an exercise yard at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. The Supreme Court has ordered California to release more than 30,000 inmates over the next two years or take other steps to...more

Inmates walk around an exercise yard at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. The Supreme Court has ordered California to release more than 30,000 inmates over the next two years or take other steps to ease overcrowding in its prisons to prevent "needless suffering and death." REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>An inmate reads a book in a gymnasium where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011.  California's 33 adult prisons were designed to hold about 80,000 inmates and now have about 145,000. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

An inmate reads a book in a gymnasium where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. California's 33 adult prisons were designed to hold about 80,000 inmates and now...more

An inmate reads a book in a gymnasium where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. California's 33 adult prisons were designed to hold about 80,000 inmates and now have about 145,000. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Inmates walk around a gymnasium where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. The U.S. has more than 2 million people in state and local prisons. It has long had the highest incarceration rate in the world. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Inmates walk around a gymnasium where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. The U.S. has more than 2 million people in state and local prisons. It has long had the...more

Inmates walk around a gymnasium where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. The U.S. has more than 2 million people in state and local prisons. It has long had the highest incarceration rate in the world. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Inmates stand in a gymnasium where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Inmates stand in a gymnasium where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Inmates stand in a gymnasium where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Inmates Anthony Turner, 46, (L) who said he is serving 25 years to life for a three strikes offenses, and Daniel King, 23 sitting in their cell at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Inmates Anthony Turner, 46, (L) who said he is serving 25 years to life for a three strikes offenses, and Daniel King, 23 sitting in their cell at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy...more

Inmates Anthony Turner, 46, (L) who said he is serving 25 years to life for a three strikes offenses, and Daniel King, 23 sitting in their cell at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Inmates exercise at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Inmates exercise at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Inmates exercise at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Inmates walk around an exercise yard at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Inmates walk around an exercise yard at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Inmates walk around an exercise yard at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Inmates play cards in a gymnasium where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Inmates play cards in a gymnasium where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Inmates play cards in a gymnasium where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>An inmate looks out from his cell at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

An inmate looks out from his cell at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

An inmate looks out from his cell at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>An inmate talks on the phone in a gymnasium where he is housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

An inmate talks on the phone in a gymnasium where he is housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

An inmate talks on the phone in a gymnasium where he is housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Inmate Jason Rutherford, 37, sits in his cell with other prisoners housed in a recreation room due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Inmate Jason Rutherford, 37, sits in his cell with other prisoners housed in a recreation room due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Inmate Jason Rutherford, 37, sits in his cell with other prisoners housed in a recreation room due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Inmates play a game in a gymnasium where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Inmates play a game in a gymnasium where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Inmates play a game in a gymnasium where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>An inmate's tattoos are seen behind the perimeter fence at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

An inmate's tattoos are seen behind the perimeter fence at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

An inmate's tattoos are seen behind the perimeter fence at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>An inmate's possessions are seen in his cell at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011.   REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

An inmate's possessions are seen in his cell at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

An inmate's possessions are seen in his cell at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>An inmate is led by a prison guard at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

An inmate is led by a prison guard at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

An inmate is led by a prison guard at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Inmates sit in a recreation room where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Inmates sit in a recreation room where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Inmates sit in a recreation room where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Inmate Bobby Cortez, 29, sits in a cage at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Inmate Bobby Cortez, 29, sits in a cage at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Inmate Bobby Cortez, 29, sits in a cage at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Inmates Anthony Turner, 46, (L) who said he is serving 25 years to life for a three strikes offense, and Daniel King, 23 stand in their cell at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Inmates Anthony Turner, 46, (L) who said he is serving 25 years to life for a three strikes offense, and Daniel King, 23 stand in their cell at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson...more

Inmates Anthony Turner, 46, (L) who said he is serving 25 years to life for a three strikes offense, and Daniel King, 23 stand in their cell at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>An inmate waits for a visitor at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

An inmate waits for a visitor at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

An inmate waits for a visitor at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>An inmate sits in a recreation room where he is housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

An inmate sits in a recreation room where he is housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

An inmate sits in a recreation room where he is housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Inmates walk around a gymnasium where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Inmates walk around a gymnasium where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Inmates walk around a gymnasium where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Inmate Joseph Erickson, 35, who was convicted of armed robbery, sorts prisoner clothes at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Inmate Joseph Erickson, 35, who was convicted of armed robbery, sorts prisoner clothes at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Inmate Joseph Erickson, 35, who was convicted of armed robbery, sorts prisoner clothes at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>nmates sit in a recreation room where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

nmates sit in a recreation room where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

nmates sit in a recreation room where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>An inmate walks back to his cell after mopping the floor at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

An inmate walks back to his cell after mopping the floor at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

An inmate walks back to his cell after mopping the floor at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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