Inmates sleep on bunk beds in a gym modified to hold prisoners at the state prison in Chino, California.
By: Bill Mears, CNN Supreme Court Producer
Monday, May 23, 2011
Washington (CNN) -- The Supreme Court has affirmed a federal order telling California to reduce its overflowing prison population, a situation the majority said "falls below the standard of decency."
The 5-4 ruling Monday from the justices come in a classic battle over state versus federal authority, focusing on whether U.S. courts can step in and essentially run state prisons when officials have repeatedly violated basic constitutional guarantees afforded inmates.