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California Corr. Peace Officers' Ass'n v. Schwarzenegger, C055327

In an action challenging Governor Schwarzenegger's declaration of a state prison overcrowding "state of emergency" and his authorizing the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to contract with out-of-state private prisons to house some of California's inmates under the California Emergency Services Act, the court of appeals finds that: 1) the governor did not exceed his powers in declaring a state of emergency based on prison overcrowding; and 2) the private contracts with out-of-state prisons did not violate article VII of California's Constitution.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 06/04/2008
  • Published 06/04/2008




  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellees:
  • Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Attorney General, Christopher E. Krueger, Teri L. Block, Jonathan K. Renner, Thomas M. Patton, Vickie Pochelle Whitney and Stacy Boulware Eurie, Deputy Attorneys General, for Defendants and Appellants., Carroll, Burdick & McDonough, Ronald Yank, Laurie Hepler, Gregg McLean Adam and Jennifer S. Stoughton, San Francisco, for Plaintiffs and Respondents., Benjamin C. Sybesma, West Sacramento, and Christine Albertine, Rancho Cucamonga, for Plaintiff and Respondent California Correctional Peace Officers' Association., Paul E. Harris III and Anne M. Giese, Sacramento, for Plaintiff and Respondent Service Employees International Union, Local 1000., Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Daniel M. Kolkey and Rebecca Justice Lazarus, San Francisco, for Corrections Corporation of America as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Defendants and Appellants., Reed Smith and Paul D. Fogel, San Francisco, for The GEO Group, Inc., as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Defendants and Appellants., Nielsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Mueller & Naylor, Steven A. Merksamer, Richard D. Martland and Kurt R. Oneto, Sacramento, for George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Gray Davis as Amici Curiae on behalf of Defendants and Appellants.
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