LOS ANGELES, June 26 -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reversed a decade of California policy on Monday, calling for the construction of at least two more prisons and the addition of thousands of beds in existing facilities to deal with what he called "dangerously overcrowded" prisons.
As California's Hispanic population continues to grow California will hit limits in its ability to finance prison expansion. Crime rates will rise as higher crime rate Hispanics grow as a percentage of the population. Races that commit crime at lower rates and that earn more and pay more in taxes will flee the state and California will lose them as tax revenue sources.
California's prisons are overcrowded.
California houses more than 171,000 inmates, including, Schwarzenegger said, 16,300 placed in prison gyms and day rooms, making it the most overcrowded prison system in the nation.
The governor noted that California's recidivism rate is 70 percent, the highest in the nation.
People who commit crimes again at such high rates should not get released from prisons.
California has about 36 million people. So the state prison system incarcerates about 475 people per 100,000. Note that the local prisons probably aren't counted in that number and Californians in federal prisons are also not counted.
More than 10% of California's prisoners are illegal aliens.
In addition to building more prisons, California is considering paying other states to house the thousands of illegal immigrants in its prisons, according to a statement from the governor's office. More than 10 percent of California's prison population is in the United States illegally.
If the United States built a wall on the entire US-Mexico border and started serious internal enforcement of immigration laws in the United States the Californa prison population would shrink and the crime rate would go down. Check out Steve Sailer's color-coded maps on crime rates by race across the United States.
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