Sep 9, 2015 3:24 PM by News Staff
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge in California has ordered the state to let men participate in a prisons rehabilitation program aimed at reuniting female inmates with their children.
District Judge Morrison C. England said in an order filed Wednesday that the program violated the equal protection clause of the Constitution.
The program was approved by lawmakers in 2010 as a way to reduce prison overcrowding and, hopefully, reduce recidivism. The program allows low-level offenders to spend up to two years of their sentence at home or a transition home.
Three men sued, arguing that they too wanted the opportunity to spend time at home bonding with and caring for their children and relatives.
A spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation did not immediately return a call for comment.
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