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June 2, 2011

"Jerry Brown says state needs more time to implement Supreme Court prison ruling"

The title of this post is the headline of this Los Angeles Times report.  Here are the particulars:

Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday he would likely ask federal judges for more time to reduce the state's prison population by more than 30,000 inmates.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that California's overcrowded prisons violate the constitutional rights of state prisoners, and gave officials two years to slash the number of inmates.  The Brown administration has to submit a plan to a three-judge panel by next week, outlining how it intends to move those prisoners out of state facilities. 

But Brown said Thursday the timelines offered by the high court were unrealistic. "It's going to take more than two years," Brown told reporters Thursday.  When asked if he planned to ask federal judges for more time to comply with the Supreme Court ruling, he said, "I'm looking at that option."

Brown's budget calls for a massive prisoner shift to county jails -– a shift that would be funded by tax extensions Brown wants voters to ratify later this year.  Under Brown's plan, the state prison population would come close to the targets set by the Supreme Court, but that plan would take four years to implement.

Prior posts on the Plata ruling:

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Ten years has not been enough time?

In Plata v. Brown, filed in 2001, the State conceded that deficiencies in prison medical care violated prisoners’ Eighth Amendment rights and stipulated to a remedial injunction. But when the State had not complied with the injunction by 2005, the court appointed a Receiver to oversee remedial efforts. Three years later, the Receiver described continuing deficiencies caused by over-crowding.

Now Brown wants an extension on a generous 2-year timeline? Give me a break.

The reality is that Brown feels pressure from his cronies at the prison guards union to make sure to craft a plan that assiduously avoids actually engaging in sentencing reform of any sort. Brown, being the spineless political animal that he is, would rather please the prison guards union than comply with an order from the Supreme Court and save some serious money for California taxpayers in the process. This is truly outrageous.

Posted by: James | Jun 3, 2011 2:09:53 AM

between the two combined cases it's more like TWENTY YEARS! i think in response to his request they could go the other way. CUT IT TO ONE YEAR!

Posted by: rodsmith | Jun 3, 2011 2:32:05 AM

The request for more time would be more reasonable if CA was actually doing anything constructive on this. To just ask for more time without actually implementing any new policies to at least move toward the goal is disingenuous. Same ol' same ol'.

Posted by: Gritsforbreakfast | Jun 3, 2011 6:58:41 AM

Gov. Brown should ignore this irresponsible, pro-criminal ruling, and present armed guards to any federal thugs seeking to loose ultra-violent inmates on minority neighborhoods, by force.

The legal justification is the Law of Necessity, which trumps even the constitution and international treaty obligations. He should brand any federal thug as an enemy and allow street justice to drive them out of town. Using police discretion, the police should stand by as street justice is meted out to these federal pro-criminal advocates. Most are lawyers anyway. So no one will object.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jun 3, 2011 8:46:31 AM

The death rate must be compered to that of this population on the street .About half will die by murder. So, they are doing very well in their health in prison. The denominator is a 5th grade fractions concept, but is necessary if one is using a rate for advocacy. Lawyer math stops at the fourth grade, that needed to count money.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jun 3, 2011 8:49:04 AM

Crime Victims United of California: A powerful voice in state politics

By Joshua Page

The victims group is aligned with the prison guards union.

Soon after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its recent decision that California would have to reduce its prison population to relieve overcrowding, a representative of Crime Victims United of California took to the airwaves with harrowing predictions. "It's a disaster," Nina Salarno Ashford, a board member of the group, told an interviewer. "They're going to be letting sex offenders out. They're going to be letting kidnappers out. They're going to be letting a whole host of really bad people back into California without the resources to protect the good citizens of California."


Posted by: George | Jun 5, 2011 5:08:17 AM

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