OAKLAND (KCBS) — Alameda County’s chief probation officer is expressing uncertainty over the release of state prison inmates ordered by federal courts.
Ladonna Harris told a community meeting in West Oakland she was concerned about how such release would be handled, along with what could be done to lower the percentage of African American parolees who reoffend and end up back in prison.
Gov. Jerry Brown asked the courts to stay what he calls an “unprecedented order” to release nearly 10,000 prison inmates by year’s end to comply with a federal mandate on prison population.
A panel of federal judges on Thursday rejected Brown’s attempt to circumvent its long-standing order to reduce California’s prison population.