Friday, August 30, 2013

Governor Announces New Legislation: Protecting Public Safety

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Assemblymember Speaker John Perez, Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff and Assemblymember Republican Leader Connie Conway announced a new bill that aims to comply with federal court order by further reducing the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) prison population to 137.5 percent of capacity.  The United States Supreme Court ordered California to reduce the prison population by 10,000 offenders by December 31, 2013.

The Governor's plan provides for immediate and long term solutions that will expand prison capacity while preventing early release of inmates.  Additionally, the legislation provides approval for Secretary Jeffrey Beard, CDCR to lease out-of-state and in-state prison bed space, allows for lease agreements with county jails, and will authorize contract agreements with community corrections facilities.  To learn more about the Governor’s plan, please visit: http://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18176