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Prisoners Endorse Transfer to Private Prisons

And now, for something completely different.

In the Plata case, the prisoners have filed their opposition to California Governor Brown's request to stay the order of the three-judge court directing yet further reductions in California's prison population.  Lyle Denniston has this post at SCOTUSblog and gives us a link to the opposition.

Remarkably, the prisoners contend that no stay is necessary because Brown can comply by sending excess prisoners to privately run (out of state) facilities, thereby not impacting public safety.

Normally, use of such facilities sends prisoner rights advocates into a conniption fit.  Here they are suggesting it.  It just gets curiouser and curiouser.

As for the amicus briefs (including one by yours truly for the four former governors), the prisoners try to brush them off in a footnote, saying the rules don't allow for them.  But, as noted in our motion, the Court has allowed such amicus briefs before.  We will see how that turns out.

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