Law: The Prisons Overflow

Louisiana's department of corrections is thinking of bringing a World War II troopship out of mothballs to serve as an auxiliary prison. The Florida State Prison at Starke has 646 inmates living in Army tents and converted warehouses. Georgia's maximum-security prison at Reidsville is so overcrowded that 119 prisoners are forced to double up in 8-ft. by 5-ft. cells. "It ain't pretty," says a prison guard. "But it's all we can do right now."

State prison systems around the country are backing up like flooded sewers, particularly in the South. To alleviate the glut in Georgia's prisons, Corrections Commissioner Allen Ault last...

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