REGINA - The Opposition NDP is trying to lock down an answer from the Saskatchewan government on jail overcrowding.

Government numbers show that on any given day, an average of 360 inmates slept in bunks placed in spaces other than a cell.

Numbers also show that 233 cells in provincial correctional centres can be double-bunked and all of those cells have housed two inmates over the past three years.

New Democrat Warren McCall says the government needs to explain where the other inmates are sleeping.

Corrections Minister Christine Tell concedes there are overcrowding issues at the province's correctional centres.

Tell says lower-risk inmates are being kept in overflow space such as dormitories, classrooms, gymnasiums, chapels or other secure areas.

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  • Alabama

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/trancemist/5861857356/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr: TranceMist</a> The state passed a bill that will allow the Alabama Sentencing Commission to set guidelines for nonviolent crimes that judges would <a href="http://www.aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform/states-take-sizeable-steps-2012-end-overincarceration" target="_hplink">generally have to follow.</a> The Commission can make sentencing changes for nonviolent crimes. The ACLU believes the commission, which will be sheltered from political pressure to be "tough on crime," is likely to impose lesser sentences on convicts.

  • California

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnny4ever5/443015812/" target="_hplink">Flickr photo by 4johnny5</a> <a href="http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/realignment/" target="_hplink">California's realignment plan</a> is designed to reduce the number of inmates in the state's 33 prison to 137.5 percent of design capacity by June 27, 2013. It will do this by closing "the revolving door of low-level inmates cycling in and out of state prisons," <a href="http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/realignment/" target="_hplink">according to a site devoted to the act.</a>

  • Colorado

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jennaddenda/2879555288/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr photo: jennaddenda</a> In addition to an upcoming vote to <a href="http://www.aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform/states-take-sizeable-steps-2012-end-overincarceration" target="_hplink">legalize marijuana</a>, and Colorado is about to close a large penitentiary, citing falling crime rates and prison populations as justifications.

  • Florida

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/snakphotography/5021466860/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr photo: SteveNakatani</a> The <a href="http://www.aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform/states-take-sizeable-steps-2012-end-overincarceration" target="_hplink">state's budget</a> requires that eight prisons be closed.

  • Georgia

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/53370644@N06/4976508500/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr photo: tableatny</a> Georgia lawmakers <a href="http://www.aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform/states-take-sizeable-steps-2012-end-overincarceration" target="_hplink">passed a bill</a> that will reduce sentences for low-level drug offenses and theft.

  • Hawaii

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/pixelpackr/5290944094/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr photo: liberalmind1012</a> The state passed a bill <a href="http://www.aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform/states-take-sizeable-steps-2012-end-overincarceration" target="_hplink">that the ACLU posits</a> will "improve public safety by identifying individuals who pose the most risk to safety, while reducing prison populations by identifying individuals who can be safely supervised outside of prison or jail."

  • Illinois

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/yodudedan/121098748/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr photo: HAM guy</a> In May, <a href="http://www.aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform/states-take-sizeable-steps-2012-end-overincarceration" target="_hplink">the Illinois legislature passed</a> a bill allowing prisoners to reduce their sentences through good behavior and participation in re-entry programs.

  • Louisiana

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/paul_lowry/2700096841/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr photo: Paul Lowry</a> Some say that Louisiana is <a href="http://www.nola.com/prisons/" target="_hplink">the world's prison capital,</a> but the state is striving to reduce its inmate population. Prisoners serving life sentences for nonviolent crimes can now plead their case to a parole board in hopes of being released. Repeat low-level offenders can also appear before a parole board after serving one-third of their sentences.

  • Kansas

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/akasped/6936879765/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr photo: akasped</a> The state's House <a href="http://www.aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform/states-take-sizeable-steps-2012-end-overincarceration" target="_hplink">passed a bill</a> last month that would give judges more discretion when handing out sentences for low-level drug crimes.

  • Maryland

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamiedfw/2247232509/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr photo: jimbowen0306</a> The state passed a law that will <a href="http://www.aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform/states-take-sizeable-steps-2012-end-overincarceration" target="_hplink">allow ex-offenders on parole</a> to shorten their parole lengths as a reward for good behavior. Another bill increases the number of offenses that can be charged with a ticket, instead of an arrest and detention.

  • Massachusetts

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/wsuph003/4617508512/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr photo: wsuph003</a> State legislators <a href="http://www.aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform/states-take-sizeable-steps-2012-end-overincarceration" target="_hplink">are currently haggling</a> over details of a bill that would reform the state's habitual offender law and reduce sentences for some nonviolent offenders.

  • Missouri

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamiedfw/543377122/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr photo: jimbowen0306</a> The state <a href="http://www.aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform/states-take-sizeable-steps-2012-end-overincarceration" target="_hplink">passed a bill</a> that would send fewer people back to prison for technical reasons like a missed meeting.

  • Rhode Island

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/calistan/6101847680/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr photo: cometstarmoon</a> Legislators are considering a bill that would <a href="http://www.aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform/states-take-sizeable-steps-2012-end-overincarceration" target="_hplink">decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.</a>

  • Washington

    The state's innovative Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion <a href="http://leadkingcounty.org/about/" target="_hplink">(LEAD) program</a> puts people charged with non-violent crimes in community-based services, like drug treatment programs, <a href="http://www.aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform/states-take-sizeable-steps-2012-end-overincarceration" target="_hplink">immediately after arrest</a> and before booking. The state will also consider a ballot initiative that, if approved, would legalize marijuana.

  • Glenn Greenwald on Drug Decriminalization in Portugal

    This video from ReasonTV shows you an interview with Glenn Greenwald about drug decriminalization in Portugal.