SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration says his stalled plan to shift thousands of inmates from state prisons to local jails will eventually address a U.S. Supreme Court order to slash California’s prison population by 33,000 inmates.

KNX 1070’s Jon Baird Reports

The administration acknowledged in its response to the court Tuesday that it might not meet the initial goal of cutting the
prison population by more than 10,000 inmates by the end of November. But it did not ask for a delay.

California’s 33 prisons house more than 143,000 inmates in space designed for fewer than 80,000.

Brown has signed laws that would shift responsibility for thousands of lower-level inmates to counties. But funding for the
proposal is stalled in the state Legislature, where Republicans have opposed Brown’s plan to ask voters to extend a series of

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Comments (19)
  1. fed up says:

    They are going about this the WRONG WAY. It is costing too much to house these criminals because they have to many priviledges. Take away some stuff, let them live in uncomfortable places. They did the crimes, let them do the time! Also, they ALL need to work for their room and board. I still think that the guards should ALL be on the outside, picking off any that escape and let the prisoners deal with politics inside. But hey, this all makes too much sense, let’s just let a bunch of dangerous criminals out to roam free!

    1. Jim Zimmer says:

      You are correct. The harsher prison life, the less likely they will want to return.

    2. Stephanie Williamson says:

      I’m sorry, clearly you’ve never been to prison. I’d like to know what ‘privileges’ do they have? They mostly sit in cells all day. It’s everyday that they get to go outside.
      I’m all for freedom of speech, but some of you are ignorant. Did you consider why some of them are there? Besides the fact that a large population of inmates suffers from mental illness, and on the outside don’t have access to healthcare like you or me. Did you ever consider that many of them aren’t violent offenders? A lot of them are in there for drug offenses. Why not get them counseling or job training Of course, all you’re worried about is your bottom line. I’m a taxpayer like everyone else, and while I’m not so certain that they should be released, I do think that the system needs to be changed, because there is no ‘rehabilitation.’
      And one last thing: Any of you, you’re love ones can be in imprisoned. So watch what say, because I guarantee if it happened to you, your whole ideology would change.

      1. Ron says:

        And Stephanie, you are living in an imaginary world, if you think that we taxpayers can continue to pour our tax money down a BLACK HOLE.

        Maybe you can write on your tax payment check,” Only use this for the prison inmates”.

        I am sure that will work, in your imaginary world.

  2. tired says:

    How about Kill an inmate lower your sentece program.

  3. wobbles says:

    We depend on the state to live up to it’s obligations and make crooks serve their sentences to protect the public. Moonbeam and the feds as well better realize now that if they refuse to protect the public and continue to dump these inmates out on the street, people will have every right to defend themselves and start shooting them. If the government fails to protect you and your family,why not? We believe in the police because we believe that a system exists that when the cops catch them and the prosecutors proscute them, the state will lock them up. If it’s catch and release why should you put any faith in the system at all? No, it’d be time for shoot first and let the cops come get one that won’t be granted early release from anything other than from this plane of existence.

    1. TT says:

      its like catching n releasing a pyrana – did damage b4 you caught it- sending it back – well guess how well that will go over….

  4. Brett says:

    To release all these inmates make into the general population or to the counties is a joke. They’ll be back. The truth is these inmates are getting free healthcare – not just doctor visits – No! Our tax dollars are paying for elective surgeries such as knee replacement, sex change, high-end cancer treatment etc!!!. And dont get me started on the prescription meds! Its a joke. Inmates get better treatment for free. While I pay for a premium for a second rate HMO.

    Somehow we need to hold the inmates accountable for healthcare costs.

    1. Stephanie Williamson says:

      Not all inmates get ‘free’ healthcare. My husband is currently serving time in prison, and he has to pay for a lot of his medical needs through any money that is put on his books. Last week he got medication for his hypertension, and I had to pay for it. I think you need to do your research.

      1. Ron says:

        What is your husband in prison for?

    2. upyours says:

      You and the other whiny dumba$$es need to do research, poor health care is the primary reason the feds told the overpaid incompetent morons to reduce the overcrowding after that try growing a pair, pu$$ies.

  5. Joe says:

    Lets just close the prisons all together. No prisons mean we don’t need the police. (except for writing tickets) Think of all the money the city & state will save.

  6. Keep them in says:

    Instead of letting these guys have money to buy their web-enabled cell phones from the guards, we should have them contribute.

    I would venture to say that most PRISON inmates have done serious crime . . . many times violent.

    Low-level drug offenses ususally land you in JAIL, not prison.

    1. upyours says:

      Let’s see, you say guards are selling cell phones, so your point is…??? Your head is so far up your ass you have sh!t for brains.

  7. onlyinamerica says:

    rapists, murderers, con men, abusers… throw them in and throw away the key.. drug addicts do not need jail time they need substantial help. i think that will ease jail population a great deal.

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