Governor Brown and Darrell Steinberg have reached a deal on the prison overcrowding crisis, which now seems very likely to pass. They will go ahead with Jerry’s plan to spend $315 million this year and $415 each of the next two years to open two rental prisons for inmates and to increase the inmate tourist program, placing inmates in out-of-state contract beds. This will be done, however, ONLY if the judges decline to offer an extension of the overcrowding deadline. If the judges kick down an additional two years, the state will go ahead with Steinberg’s plan to throw $200 million at pretend-rehabilitation programs.
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