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Perez Vows Action On Prison Overcrowding

Aired 8/27/13 on KPBS News.

Democratic Assembly Speaker John Perez says the California Legislature will vote on a plan that would ease prison overcrowding before the legislative session ends in September.

The California Legislature will vote on a plan that would ease prison overcrowding before the legislative session ends in September. That's the message from Democratic Assembly Speaker John Perez. The state has been ordered to reduce overcrowding in multiple federal court rulings. But Perez said people shouldn't worry about 10,000 inmates suddenly being released.

Democratic Assembly Speaker John Perez (D-Los Angeles) meets with media in Sacramento.

"We're going to look at every housing opportunity that we have, consistent with the requirements of the courts. But we will not release a single additional prisoner," Perez explained.

Finding more space for inmates will be expensive. And Perez said the money will likely come from the state's reserve and could cut into other programs California would like to fund.

State leaders have long maintained California has done enough to reduce overcrowding. The courts have consistently disagreed and at one point threatened to hold Governor Jerry Brown in contempt if he didn't cooperate with rulings ordering him to reduce the prison population.

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muckapoo1 | August 27, 2013 at 10:17 a.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

Let's offer freedom to all prisoners who agree to going to Mexico to live. That may help the overcrowding and equal out the known felons in each country. Let's do as Mexico does. Send your unwanted across the border. Perhaps a few would be interested in Cuba.

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dlangley48 | August 28, 2013 at 9:32 a.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

Perez Vows Action On Prison .. a never kiss /a of jerry brown and his plan ..calif needs jobssss and schoolss ..this is why calif is in the mess it is in

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rightor1 | September 1, 2013 at 6:08 p.m. ― 3 years ago

There is a very decided feeling among the 3 million Californians related to a state prisoner or someone on parole, that all they are doing is breaking people in mind, body, and spirit. Shills for CCPOA will not be elected again. Steinberg has a much better plan with more foresight. We are infamous for our mismanaged prisons which are creating more crime than they are preventing.

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Aurora | September 1, 2013 at 10:50 p.m. ― 3 years ago

No more wasteful spending on trying to keep the elderly,the sick,the pregnant moms and low level crimes,the Supreme Court said let them go!! Go! Obey the law,Gov.Brown! your not the king of Cali!

Got it! and for the other's too that are almost done with their sentences,Let them go!

The system of corrections need to be reformed so they really reform,but we need the public to be the overseer's of this reform! The real general public and those who have one incarcerated those who respect humanity and their inalienable rights! No public accountability for those in running correctional system will never change for the better. There must be those who represent,advocate the voice of those imprisoned be allowed to stand in their behalf! in all things daily,weekly,monthly,yearly. Public transparency on Prison protocals,procedures,rules,etc...

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Peking_Duck_SD | September 2, 2013 at 7:54 a.m. ― 3 years ago

The prison system in California is not about justice.

It's about money.

Huge prison and police lobbies have already bought Jerry Brown, and now we are starting to see talk of " private prisons" coming into the mix.

We have too many people in prison as it is, and the governor' s shameful call for more just means even more money funneled out of education, healthcare, and infrastructure and into the over bloated prison industrial complex.

Tax payers should be outraged.

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Peking_Duck_SD | September 2, 2013 at 8:02 a.m. ― 3 years ago

The United States of America is the only 1st world country on the planet that doesn't provide healthcare to all our citizens.

Yet, we lock up a larger percentage of our citizens than any other nation on the planet.

The United States of America has 5% of the worlds population, but 25% of the world's prisoners.

And despite this, you are more likely to be a victim of crime on the streets of an American city than you are on the streets of many cities in countries where only a fraction of the percentage of people we lock up are in prison.

So other countries provide healthcare for all, robust education, and needed infrastructure, while we year after year continue to fund prisons and the military as other things get defended.

Anyone who thinks this is somehow good for our state and our county is clueless.

And that includes the governor.

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rightor1 | September 3, 2013 at 6:02 p.m. ― 3 years ago

The most successful prisons in the world with the lowest recidivism rates are in Norway. Their prisons were set up by a cultural anthropologist and are immensely effective focused on rehab. Nobody gets more than 21 year sentence and close family ties are encouraged. The mentally ill are actually treated. Norway has one of the lowest rates of crime in the world.

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