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Brown, Legislative Leaders Reach Prisons Deal

California Governor Jerry Brown has announced a deal with Democratic and Republican legislative leaders that responds to the federal court order requiring the state to reduce overcrowding in its prisons.

Aired 9/10/13 on KPBS News.

California Governor Jerry Brown has announced a deal with Democratic and Republican legislative leaders that responds to the federal court order requiring the state to reduce overcrowding in its prisons.

Ben Adler, Capital Public Radio

Gov. Jerry Brown and California legislative leaders announce a prisons deal outside the governor's office at the State Capitol Monday.

“We can – in the next few years – find the reforms and changes that will make our system more balanced, more cost effective and more humane," Brown said. "We need some time. If the court doesn’t give us the time, then we will spend the hundreds of millions of dollars finding additional beds.”

Monday’s deal comes after a weekend full of talks with Democratic Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg. Steinberg had called for rehabilitation programs instead of adding capacity, as the governor and other leaders proposed.

Brown’s original proposal remains “Plan A.” But if the judges delay their end-of-year prison capacity deadline, any money saved would be directed to programs intended to reduce recidivism.

The legislature could vote on the deal as soon as Wednesday.

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Avatar for user 'mattgray'

mattgray | September 9, 2013 at 4:58 p.m. ― 1 year, 2 months ago

The "deal" is a token one, and has zero chance of being relied upon by the Court to issue a stay of its Order. Given that the Court has provided lawmakers and the Governor every opportunity to fix the problem -- and to date the Governor continues to make arbitrary parole reversals which aren't supported by the record of evidence, and further exacerbates the overcrowding crisis -- and California's credibility is shot. Beyond that, if the Governor were serious then he'd call a Special Session, which he hasn't because he knows lawmakers won't pass anything. Because everyone in the Capitol knows nothing will be done, that makes Senator Steinberg's 'proposal' meaningless, and of course we know the default if Steinberg's plan fails, is the Governor's original plan. The Court will see with through this Trojan Horse.

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Avatar for user 'MarineRoom'

MarineRoom | September 9, 2013 at 8:07 p.m. ― 1 year, 2 months ago

In that case, we'll see how Brown's original plan works out.

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