State Prison Crowding Emergency Declared
Schwarzenegger's move could allow forcible transfers of inmates to out-of-state lockups.
By Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
October 5, 2006
SACRAMENTO — With California's jam-packed prisons nearly out of room for more felons, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday proclaimed a state of emergency, an unusual move that could allow the transfer of inmates as soon as next month to other states without their consent.
The governor said he was taking the extraordinary step because teeming conditions have created a health risk and "extreme peril" for officers and inmates at 29 of the state's 33 prisons.
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