lundi 23 mai 2011

Drame du surpeuplement

»» Court Orders California to Shed 30,000 Prisoners (NY Times)

Les prisons californiennes sont surpeuplées à tel point que les détenus sont mal traités, la Cour Suprême des Etats Unis vient d'ordonner la libération de plus de 30 000 détenus!

Conditions in California’s overcrowded prisons are so bad that they violate the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday, ordering the state to reduce its prison population by more than 30,000 inmates.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for the majority in a 5-to-4 decision that broke along ideological lines, described a prison system that failed to deliver minimal care to prisoners with serious medical and mental health problems and produced “needless suffering and death.”

Justices Antonin Scalia and Samuel A. Alito Jr. filed vigorous dissents. Justice Scalia called the order affirmed by the majority “perhaps the most radical injunction issued by a court in our nation’s history.” Justice Alito said “the majority is gambling with the safety of the people of California.”