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Brown's proposal to seek an extension is based on a deal struck with lawmakers last week.
By Paige St. John | Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — …Gov. Jerry Brown told federal judges Monday that he is prepared to spends hundreds of millions of dollars moving inmates out of crowded prisons — but would rather use the money to rehabilitate prisoners so they don't come back.
To do that, the state is asking for a three-year delay in meeting the inmate population caps the judges ordered in 2010…
The proposal Brown submitted is based on a compromise hammered out with lawmakers who opposed his plan to reduce crowding by sending thousands of inmates to privately owned prisons and other detention facilities.
If judges agree to delay the deadline, Brown will still move 2,500 inmates out of state lockups and into alternative facilities within California, according to the court filing. And he will set aside $150 million next year for treating drug abuse and mental illness and other rehabilitation programs.
If the judges say no, the state proposes to meet their Dec. 31 deadline by spending $315 million this year — and more the next — to move more than three times as many prisoners, primarily to private lockups as far away as Mississippi…
It is unclear whether the three federal judges will go along with Brown's plan. They have shown increasing impatience with California's failure to relieve inmate crowding after more than two decades of litigation.
As recently as July, they refused to give the state more time, saying it is “clear that defendants remained unwilling” to comply. In addition, they warned that they may make further demands, even if California meets their numbers.
“It is not enough simply to meet a specific target number of prisoners on a specific date,” the judges wrote in July, noting that “durability is necessary…”(Full text at Los Angeles Times)