SACRAMENTO (KCBS) — Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign a bill passed by the state Legislature Wednesday to help California comply with a federal court order to reduce its prison population.
The compromise plan between Brown and state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg includes asking a federal judge to extend the deadline for releasing 9,600 inmates by the end of the year as well as $315 million for expanding prison capacity.
But if the deadline to release prisoners is pushed back, some money would instead go to rehabilitation programs.
Governor Brown spoke in favor of the deal earlier this week.
“We’ll definitely comply with the court’s order regarding our prisons, but will do so opening up the possibility for a longer-term plan that will be more efficient and more balanced,” he said.