Greg Bluestein of the Associated Press has a roundup of reaction to the Supreme Court decision about California’s prison-crowding problem. A prominent scholar whose name I am too modest to mention had some rude words for the conservative California pols complaining about judicial activism:
If they don’t want the federal courts messing with their prisons, then run decent prisons. This isn’t rocket science. Your mother told you that if you didn’t play with your toys properly, she’d take them away. And that’s what the court did.
(In fact, I said “they,” rather than “the court.” But in this space I get to revise and correct my remarks and to include extraneous matter at this point in the record.)
This of course wasn’t nearly as pithy as Oscar Wilde’s comment about conditions in Reading Gaol: “If this is how Her Majesty treats her prisoners, she doesn’t deserve to have any.”
Bonus: Here’s the clip of my appearance today on Warren Olney’s Which Way LA. I come in at about minute 17.