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NCJ Number: 149281 Find in a Library
Title: Status Report: State Prisons and the Courts, January 1, 1994
Journal: National Prison Project Journal  Volume:9  Issue:1  Dated:(Winter 1993- 94)  Pages:3-12
Author(s): E I Koren
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 10
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report summarizes the current status of each State's correctional system with respect to court orders and consent decrees to deal with overcrowding, improve prison conditions, or both in either the entire State system or its major facilities.
Abstract: Thirty-nine States plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands are under court order or consent degree regarding inmate populations or conditions in part or all of the correctional system. Thirty-three jurisdictions are under court order for overcrowding or conditions in at least one of their major prison facilities, while nine jurisdictions are under court order covering their entire system. Only three States have never been involved in major litigation challenging overcrowding or conditions in their prisons. Summary list
Main Term(s): Correctional reform
Index Term(s): Court ordered institutional reform; Facility conditions; Lawsuits; Prison overcrowding; State-by-state analyses
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