As the CDCR struggles to handle the dismal budget situation, through the guard layoffs, other initiatives are on the table. While some prison expansions are still scheduled to take place, others have been canceled; and the question of inmate release still hangs in the air.
One thing that is being considered, as the L. A. Times reports, is the Governor's plan to move inmates from prisons to local jails. The idea is to target a category of offenses known as "wobblers" - offenses that could be classified as felonies or misdemeanors - and classify them as misdemeanors, thus changing the jurisdiction to allow confinement in local jails rather than in state prisons. Local officials, who deal with overcrowded jails, have balked at this option, and the proposal's fate remains to be seen.