David Siders | Sacramento Bee
…Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature are mulling potential legislation to spend hundreds of millions of dollars housing prisoners who might otherwise be released.
Talks between the governor's office and legislative leaders follow the U.S. Supreme Court's rejection this month of California's request to delay a federal order to reduce its prison population to ease overcrowding.
Prison officials previously said they are preparing to implement an expanded parole program for sick and elderly inmates, while also identifying inmates who may be eligible for credits for good behavior…
“We are not going to do a mass release,” Brown told the Los Angeles Times at an event in Incline Village, Nev., on Monday…
Meanwhile, a group of state senators gathered Monday afternoon to discuss the prison issue in the office of Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.
…Steinberg said, “And my response is there are two paths. One is to expend money to expand jail capacity with no impact on long term population. The second path is to take those resources and instead invest them in mental health courts, drug treatment, mental health treatment, vocational rehabilitation, evidence based programs, and seek to reduce the population in a more sustained way. And in a way that shifts the criminal justice debate to a smart on crime discussion…”(Full text at Sacramento Bee)