Beard’s Briar-patch Bravado: Please don’t make me ship inmates out of state!
By DON THOMPSON (AP) | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California will have no choice but to move 4,000 more inmates to private prisons in other states if federal judges refuse to postpone a court-ordered population cap, state Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard said Wednesday.
The state faces an April 18 deadline to reduce overcrowding in its 33 adult prisons. The judges have found reducing overcrowding to be the key step in improving inmate medical and mental health care, but Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking a three-year delay…
Beard said such a delay would give the state time to build cells for nearly 3,500 additional inmates. That would bring the state close to meeting the federal population cap while avoiding the need to send more inmates elsewhere.
It also would give time for rehabilitation programs to work, he said…
“We really don’t want to do more out-of-state either, so we’re hopeful we get our extension,” Beard said in an interview. “But if we don’t get that, then our only alternative will be to increase the out-of-state (transfers)…” (Full text at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Tantamount to The Money Pit contractor’s perpetual promise “2 weeks, it will be ready in 2 weeks,” Psychretary Beard is now mouthing the same double-speak that once spewed from the grill of his predecessor: We just need a little more time. (aka Just the tip…)
In this case, that means start the buses and charter the planes–CDCR is about to contribute a couple thousand more to the Great California Exodus.
Expect the Court to act judiciously and swiftly, ordering Dr. Beard et al. to pound sand.
It’s about time. -