Title

Analysis of the Brown V. Plata Case and its Effect on the Status Quo of Judicial Decision Making: An Examination of the Three Branches of Government the Judiciary, the Judiciary, and the Judiciary

Presenter Information

Kristian Kaskla

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 202

Start Date

17-5-2012

End Date

17-5-2012

Abstract

The Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Plata has set a new precedent in the field of criminal law and has further expanded the power of the judiciary. The Brown v. Plata case was a United States Supreme Court decision which ordered a reduction in the population size of California’s prisons. The effects of the case are wide reaching, from the criminal justice system to the judiciary as a whole. This case indicates an expanding role of the judiciary in bureaucratic decision making. It appears the courts have been consistently increasing their power and their range of jurisdiction. The legislative branches have been compliant with these changes as they are often unwilling to make difficult decisions, leaving them to the courts instead. The decisions made in Brown v. Plata had a direct impact on California’s government. If the courts can make decisions entirely overriding the power of state governments, questions arise as to what, and if anything, can check the power of the courts. This presentation will be dived into two main sections; first the facts of the case will be outlined as well as the logic, and illogical thought, that the judges utilized to come to their decision. Once the case itself is examined the possible ramifications of the case will be discussed.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Cody Stoddard

Additional Mentoring Department

Law and Justice

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Analysis of the Brown V. Plata Case and its Effect on the Status Quo of Judicial Decision Making: An Examination of the Three Branches of Government the Judiciary, the Judiciary, and the Judiciary

SURC 202

The Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Plata has set a new precedent in the field of criminal law and has further expanded the power of the judiciary. The Brown v. Plata case was a United States Supreme Court decision which ordered a reduction in the population size of California’s prisons. The effects of the case are wide reaching, from the criminal justice system to the judiciary as a whole. This case indicates an expanding role of the judiciary in bureaucratic decision making. It appears the courts have been consistently increasing their power and their range of jurisdiction. The legislative branches have been compliant with these changes as they are often unwilling to make difficult decisions, leaving them to the courts instead. The decisions made in Brown v. Plata had a direct impact on California’s government. If the courts can make decisions entirely overriding the power of state governments, questions arise as to what, and if anything, can check the power of the courts. This presentation will be dived into two main sections; first the facts of the case will be outlined as well as the logic, and illogical thought, that the judges utilized to come to their decision. Once the case itself is examined the possible ramifications of the case will be discussed.