Calif. gets 2 more years to cut prison numbers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal judges are giving California two more years to meet a court-ordered inmate population cap. But in doing so, they are appointing a compliance officer who will release inmates early if the state fails to meet interim benchmarks or the final goal.

The order on Monday from a three-judge panel delays an April deadline to reduce the population to about 112,164 inmates. California remains more than 5,000 inmates over a limit set by the courts, even though the state has built more prison space and used some private cells.

Gov. Jerry Brown's administration says it can reach the court-mandated level by February 2016 by expanding a Stockton medical facility, paroling elderly and incapacitated inmates, and increasing good-time credits for some nonviolent offenders. The judges call those plans the least intrusive possible remedy to the overcrowding problem.


JOIN THE CONVERSATION

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment