Following a bitter battle between California Gov. Jerry Brown and a three-judge federal panel, lawmakers have approved a $315 million plan to bring California’s prison population in compliance with federal orders.
In order to meet a federal court-mandated deadline and evade being held in contempt, Gov. Jerry Brown filed a new prison plan late Thursday night that aims to reduce overcrowding in the state’s prisons over the next year.
There is a new boss in California who is getting major buzz for his stance on sentencing reform.
Gov. Jerry Brown recently appointed Jeff Beard as the state’s new corrections secretary. Beard is a vocal advocate of alternative sentencing laws that move non-serious criminals into community treatment programs rather than state lockup.