FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2006 file photo, inmates are seen housed in three-tier bunks, in what was once a multipurpose recreation room, at the Deuel Vocational Institute in Tracy, Calif. The Supreme ... more 
FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2006 file photo, inmates are seen housed in three-tier bunks, in what was once a multipurpose recreation room, at the Deuel Vocational Institute in Tracy, Calif. The Supreme Court on Monday, May 23, 2011, endorsed a court order requiring California to cut its prison population by tens of thousands of inmates to improve health care for those who remain behind bars. The court said in a 5-4 decision that the reduction is "required by the Constitution" to correct longstanding violations of inmates' rights. The order mandates a prison population of no more than 110,000 inmates, still far above the system's designed capacity. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Rich Pedroncelli, File
Mon, May 23, 2011 12:24 PM EDT