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CA Prison Population Up, Gov. Brown Vows New Crowding-Reduction Plan

June 18, 2013 10:06:08 am

California acknowledges prison crowding has again begun to creep upward while Gov. Jerry Brown promises to seek legislative solutions "shortly," says the Los Angeles Times. The state's 33 prisons are at more than 150 percent capacity, says a report filed with federal judges. Brown's lawyers note the state has reduced its inmate population by more than 24,000 since October 2011, when California began requiring low-level felons and parole violators to serve their sentences in county jails. The state notes that its budget includes $15 million to continue housing 3,800 inmates in fire-fighting camps. Brown will ask the state legislature to take other steps to reduce crowding, including to keep more inmates in private prisons out of state, lease beds from county jails, and allow inmates who are elderly, medically frail, or model prisoners to be released earlier.
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