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overcrowding

(ō″vĕr-krowd′ing)
The act of filling past capacity or the state of being filled past capacity or comfort.
In geography, having more inhabitants in a region than can be supported locally with life's necessities.
In health care facilities, being burdened by excessive demands for services, esp. in emergency departments or urgent care settings.
overcrowded (-krowd′ĕd), adjective

overcrowding

overcrowding of animal accommodation. Many countries now publish codes of practice which define what the appropriate volumetric allowances should be for each species of animal when they are housed indoors. Breaches of these codes is overcrowding. Pastoral conditions are too varied for similar guidelines to be drawn up for range animals. The consequences of overcrowding include the development of neuroses, inability to gain proper access to food and water and spread of contagious disease.
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It is designed to hold 794 prisoners, but last month was holding 1,127, meaning it is overcrowded by more than 40%, equivalent to 333 prisoners.
Cardiff and Swansea prisons are in the top 10 most overcrowded prisons in England and Wales with Swansea Jail, opened in 1861, being the second worst in England and Wales, holding 422 inmates in January in a prison with a Certified Normal Accommodation Level (CNA) of just 242.
An occupier living in overcrowded accommodation may be homeless under homelessness law if it is not reasonable for her/him to continue to occupy the accommodation.
Figures for 2010-11 show that nearly a quarter of people in prison are being held in overcrowded accommodation, either doubling up in cells designed for one occupant or being held three to a cell in cells designed for two people.
According to the Prison Reform Trust, Durham is housing 973 inmates when it was designed to hold just 593, making it 164% overcrowded and the eighth worst on the list.
The official explained that all violators have been given notices to vacate the overcrowded accommodations.
Almost one million children are trapped in overcrowded living conditions in England, a housing charity warned today.
SACRAMENTO -- With voter approval of $43 billion in statewide bonds last week, Los Angeles County officials are preparing to seek a massive cash infusion that could mean multibillion-dollar construction projects to relieve overcrowded highways and schools.
The most overcrowded units in Scotland include the Victorian Ailsa hall at Greenock, which is up to 50 per cent above capacity.
In many cases, in fact, overcrowded classrooms turned out to be in school buildings that had additional space, suggesting that the problem was one of local management.
Provides funds for overcrowded buildings, supporting school construction and renovation.
The court held that summary judgment was precluded by material issues of fact as to whether the jail physician showed deliberate indifference when he ordered the inmate returned to overcrowded and ill-ventilated quarters, essentially without treatment.