California Governor Gets a Do-Over
Date:  02-13-2014

Court gives Gov. Jerry Brown another two years to lower inmate population
California’s prisons and jails have been cited by the Court as being critically overcrowded. There has been an ongoing battle between the current Governor Jerry Brown and the Court to reduce the state’s prison overcrowding with he Court issuing orders while Brown seemingly ignoring them.

On September 3, 2013 Reentry Central posted an article that the state prison system faced even more woes due to its serious overcrowding. Reentry Central wrote:

Anyone scrolling through the Reentry Central archives is familiar with the numerous articles based on problems in the California criminal justice system and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The Supreme Court ordered that California reduce the number of inmates in its overcrowded prison system based on findings that inmates were not getting proper health care, including treatment for mental illness. Governor Gerry Brown has appealed that decision and continued to resist the judges’ decision (see Reentry Central April 16, 2013).

The problems continue. On May 30, the L.A. Times reported that “prison lawyers” have filed a lawsuit claiming mentally ill inmates are physically abused.”

Governor Brown won the latest battle when the Court, acting on Brown’s good-faith promise to reduce the prison population to 137.5 percent above capacity, gave him an extension until February 28, 2016 to do so.

Source: LA Times

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