Brown Must Submit Prison Plan By Thursday

Published On : 4/29/2013 9:21 AM
By : Katie Orr
From : CCN
Categories : State, Local

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Governor Jerry Brown faces a possible contempt citation if he doesn’t present a plan by Thursday to reduce overcrowding in California prisons.

A three-judge federal panel says California must further reduce its prison population by the end of the year. The panel has threatened to hold the governor in contempt unless he presents a plan to do that.

Jeffrey Callison is with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He says a plan is being created.

“That does not mean to say that necessarily nine and a half thousand inmates need to be released by the end of the year, although that would be one way of achieving the goal. Another way of achieving the goal would be increasing the capacity of the prison system.”

Still, Callison says the state believes it’s already reduced the prison population sufficiently. He says diverting low-level offenders to county jails has cut the population by about 25 thousand inmates.

Brown is appealing the court ruling.

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