SACRAMENTO (KCBS) — California’s prison realignment program is on track to meet a federal order to end overcrowding of inmates according to the Department of Corrections.

Governor Jerry Brown’s plan shifts low-level offenders from prisons to local jails, seeks to shut down the juvenile system and Brown wants to cut another $1.1 billion from the prison budget.

Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Undersecretary Terri McDonald said we’ve hit the first benchmark.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

“To date we have reduced our prison population by over 11,000 offenders,” she said.

The next move requires the prison population to drop another 23,000 by mid 2013.

According to Department of Corrections Secretary Matt Cate, the reduction of illegal overcrowding will accelerate under the governor’s new budget proposal:

“This next budget year is really about doing the hard fiscal work of making realignment real across the board in corrections and in the counties,” Cate said.

Cate added that thanks to realignment, prisoner health care, controlled by federal courts, for these, “non-violent, non-serious, non-sex offenders,” is improving.

The plan also calls for closing the Division of Juvenile Justice, having all young offenders serve their time locally instead of in state prisons, and for having fewer women in state cells.

Cate said the plan should free money to improve rehabilitation of California’s most hardened criminals.

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Comments (4)
  1. Darwin says:

    More criminals running amok without consequences. Fantastic plan.

  2. David Legnosky says:

    Who cares what type of life and care they have? They are CRIMINALS and lost all of their rights when they were convicted. All they deserve is three meals and a cot! Nothing else! If the state is cutting costs for the prisons, I expect that my taxes should be reduced also.

    1. Just The Facts says:

      Sadly they actually gain more rights when they are incarcerated. They even can have their voting rights reinstated. I have seen many, many very violent criminals complain incessantly about how bad they have it and how poorly they are treated. Its actually quite laughable.

  3. Roger Craig says:

    Like they are going to reduce the taxes. This is just an open invite for every Criminal from here to New York, California is open for all Illegal activities….