California prison population report shows North Kern, Wasco State Prison are near 175% capacity

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The weekly California prison population report shows North Kern State Prison and Wasco State Prison are close to 175 percent of capacity.

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North Kern designed for just under 2,300 inmates had more than 4,700 right now.

Wasco State Prison designed to hold just under 3,000 inmates currently has more than 5,100. 

The states 33 prisons are averaging more than 150 percent of capacity in direct conflict with the goals of the prison realignment plan.

Not only have Kern County law enforcement reported an increase in crime since it went into affect, but now it appears it's not even having the desired affect on prison overcrowding.

The plan was put together by Governor Brown in 2011, and Brown claims it has lowered inmate populations by more than 24,000 inmates.

Brown acknowledges inmate numbers are creeping up again, but promises legislative solutions soon.


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