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CA prison population drops below court-ordered level

After an improvised scramble to reduce populations in accordance with federal court orders, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has succeeded in lowering the number of state prison inmates to the judicially prescribed level. He largely accomplished that through his Public Safety

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Early release from CA prisons now a flood

Spurred by a series of court decisions ruling the state’s prison crowding unconstitutional, Gov. Jerry Brown’s ongoing “realignment” effort sought to make adequate room for the state’s worst convicts by diverting lesser criminals to county jails. There, however, the changes have caused a snowball effect.

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Supreme Court sticks Brown with county jails

States’ rights won’t save Gov. Jerry Brown from getting involved in California’s county jails. Despite a forceful argument that federalism relieved the state of the added responsibilities, the U.S. Supreme Court persisted in making life more difficult for Brown. The justices refused to

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Prison litigation brings no relief for taxpayers

A panel of three federal judges recently granted California two additional years to bring the state’s prison system into compliance with legally mandated limits on incarceration numbers. Explained the San Jose Mercury News, “At the same time, the judges set strict guidelines for how

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CA auditor demolishes Jerry-Brown-saved-state narrative

The eagnerness of national media to lionize Gov. Jerry Brown as the guy who saved California amounts to an extreme form of cherry-picking. In some ways, Brown has done a better job than his two immediate predecessors in forcing some

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Gorell: CA prisoners live better than deployed military

On the Assembly floor today during debate of a prison bill, Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, put the contentious and often ridiculous situation into perspective. “Until our prison conditions rival those of our forward deployed military, I will not be sympathetic

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$1.2 billion in new jails still haven’t been built 0

  What incompetents. To ease overcrowding, in 2007 the Legislature authorized $1.2 billion for local jails to expand. That was before both the Great Recession hit. Before a federal judge ordered the state to reduce overcrowding in state prisons. And

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Greenhut on chickens and inmates

Steven Greenhut, the founder of CalWatchDog.com, has begun his new column with the UT San Diego. It will be appearing Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Bookmark the location: http://www.utsandiego.com/staff/steven-greenhut/ He’ll be writing from Sacramento on state policy. His first column is on

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CA gang runs MD prison 3

May 8, 2013 By John Seiler Who said California is running behind other states in creativity and innovation? The following story seems to come from The Onion. But it’s from ABC News: “Four female correction officers were impregnated by the

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