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New Study: California Inmate Reduction Plan May Fall Short

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, August 5, 2011
The L-A-O finds that Brown's plan to shift thousands of low-level inmates from state prisons to county jails will significantly reduce the prison population.  But the Analyst says it probably won't reduce it enough within two years.  The federal panel ordered the state to cut the number of inmates by 34-thousand within that time to reduce overcrowding - and the US Supreme Court upheld that ruling. The L-A-O recommends the Brown Administration ask the federal panel for more time to comply.  Additionally, the analyst says California should continue to send inmates involuntarily to out-of-state prisons and possibly expand that program; at least until the overcrowding is eliminated.
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