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The following article was posted on September 3rd, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 26 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 26

Political Watch 9/5/13

Gov. Jerry Brown, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, and Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway recently announced legislation to comply with a federal court order to limit state prison population to 137.5 percent of capacity, avoid the early release of thousands of prisoners, and protect public safety. According to a press release from the Governor’s Office, the legislation will immediately expand prison capacity and require the state to develop additional longer-term solutions with stakeholders to address capacity needs, prison population levels, and recidivism rates. “This legislation will protect public safety and give us time to work with public officials and interested parties to make thoughtful changes in the overall criminal justice system,” Brown said in the press release. A federal court has ordered California to comply by Dec. 31 with a cap on the number of inmates in state prisons. The legislation would sunset in three years and allow the state to access additional prison capacity to prevent early release of inmates. Specifically, the legislation authorizes the secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to allocate up to $315 million for implementation. “Senate Republicans stand ready to support the Governor’s proposals because we believe the safety of California families should be our first and foremost priority,” Huff said in the release. “Our caucus introduced a number of these ideas earlier this year and we believe today’s announcement is a critical step to keep California families safe. Without immediate action, a federal judicial ruling will force the early release of tens of thousands of dangerous criminals from state prisons, and that is simply unacceptable.”