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California Won’t Meet Court Deadline To Reduce Prison Overcrowding

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – California’s plan to reduce prison overcrowding won’t meet the deadline set by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The state has until June 2013 to reduce its prison population by about 34,000 inmates.  Currently the prisons are 80 percent above capacity.

The cornerstone of the state’s plan is the governor’s realignment measure.  It would shift thousands of lower-security prisoners to county jails.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern:

But Paul Golaszewski, a senior fiscal and policy analyst for the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst said that’s a good step in the right direction, but that plan alone won’t be enough.

“The state probably isn’t going to be able to meet the court requirements just based on the current data we have on the inmate population,” he said.

Golaszewski said the state should transfer more inmates to out-of-state prisons, ask the court for five years instead of two to implement the changes, and pause plans to build more lower-security prison beds, which the state probably won’t need.

California’s realignment plan takes effect October 1st.

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  • Nora Weber

    Why aren’t the prisons releasing the very sick and disabled prisoners who have already served many years in prison, either to their families or to long term skilled nursing facilities?

    Ask the Governor that question because that would save millions in bed space and medical cost. Once that is done the Federal Government would have to pay have the cost of their care under Medi-cal, and the State would have to pay the other half. Keeping these prisoners make no sense at all. They pose no threat what-so-ever to the public because most of them can’t walk, and are wheelchair confined.

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