Assembly Passes Bill to Avoid Early Inmate Release

Sep 11, 2013 1:44 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state Assembly has approved a compromise plan to deal with the state's prison crisis by passing a bill asking federal judges to extend the deadline for releasing thousands of inmates.

The proposal includes Gov. Jerry Brown's original plan to lease cells in private prisons and county jails if the court sticks to its year-end deadline for reducing the prison population by about 9,600 inmates.

If the judges grant an extension, part of the $315 million that would be spent to rent cells will go instead to rehabilitation programs.

Assembly Speaker John Perez says the judges will opt to revise their order if they are honest in their assessment of improvements already made to the prison system.

SB105 cleared the Assembly Wednesday 75-0 and heads to the Senate.


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