Friday, September 18, 2009

CA Plan Falls Short of Reduction Order

The expected plan is much closer to the original Governor's plan. The AP reports (with interviews with Michael Bien and yours truly):

Instead of 40,000 inmates, the state's plan is expected reduce the population by about 25,000 over two years, according to those who were briefed on the plan. Details were to be released late Friday afternoon.

The state already has taken steps to get part way to the goal.

Earlier this month, the Legislature voted to use a variety of methods to reduce the prison population by 16,000 inmates as a way to save nearly $1 billion in this fiscal year's state budget. Corrections officials also are expected to recommend transferring additional inmates to prisons in other states and adding more beds under a prison-construction program previously approved by the Legislature.

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