SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Gov. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday he’s lifting a more than six-year state of emergency that’s existed in California’s overcrowded prisons and he wants the federal courts to end their oversight of the system.
In an exclusive interview with KCBS after his announcement, Brown said the “prisons are not overcrowded as a matter of fact,” and that the number of prisoners the state needs to reduce as stipulated by the courts is “arbitrary.”
The governor contended that conditions in the state prison system have improved enough to a point where further population reductions aren’t necessary. Brown has asked a federal three-judge panel to lift an order requiring the state to reduce the number of inmates in its prisons to 110,000 by June.