The Out Of Class Writing Assignment

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Out of Class Writing Assignment #2
1. According to the article, why do the authors think that traditional litigation methods have not been wholly successful in California?
According to the article, traditional litigation methods have not been wholly successful in California for several reasons. One reason would be because the state government has lost the right of its executive branch to control a significant portion of the prison system. Therefore, they are unable to fully implement sentences imposed on convicted criminals by state courts. Due to massive shifts in sentencing laws, California has been forced to reduce its inmate population. Also, traditional litigation does not give plaintiff lawyers access to the staff who could explain prison practices and procedures. Even if the lawyers have strong facts for their case, they risk drawing an unfavorable judge or an unsympathetic jury. Traditional litigation in California has resulted in the appointment of someone to operate and oversee the prison health-care system. This has also led to the construction of the most expensive prison health care facility in California and additional yearly spending of billions on inmate health care. Traditional litigation can also create a damaging precedent if you lose the case, which would make it harder for other communities to defend themselves against the offence in question. Not only that, but it can be very costly and use up resources that could have been used in other ways.
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