Brown Seeks $450 Million to Hold Down CA Prison Population


California Gov. Jerry Brown has asked legislators for money to move thousands of inmates out of crowded state prisons, even as he appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court to make such a step unnecessary, reports the Los Angeles Times. The governor sent a request for $450 million over the next two years to lease up to 4,100 beds in county jails and private prisons and to continue shipping 8,500 inmates to other states.

Brown proposes allowing inmates to earn more credit for time served by working at firefighting camps or completing classes. He would allow more prisoners to qualify for medical parole or elder release. The proposed changes are aimed at meeting a federal court order to cut the prison population by 9,600 inmates by the end of the year. Senate leader Darrell Steinberg said, “There is only one constructive solution to prison overcrowding: keep people from coming back to prison after they are released.”

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