California now has until the end of February of 2016 to reduce overcrowding in its prisons. But the court set several reduction benchmarks before then.
It also will appoint a compliance officer to make sure the state is meeting those mandates.
Attorney Michael Bien represents inmates involved in the court case.
He says that officer will have the power to release inmates if the state misses deadlines.
“The court is sending a message that there will be no more delays. There will be no more extensions, this is it, don’t come back, "says Bien. "And I think the court is hoping that the state will now come into compliance but again we are concerned with the amount of time it’s going to take.”
The three judge panel said it was reluctant to issue the extension of the order originally issued in 2009.
Governor Brown said in a statement that state now has the time and resources needed to help inmates become “productive members of society” and “make our communities safer.”
California would begin automatic voter registration under a bill making its way through the state Legislature. The measure passed an Assembly committee today.
It’s shaping up to be a hot, dry summer in California. And rules governing outdoor work conditions have been modified to keep people better protected.
California depends on gas tax revenues to maintain its roads. But that revenue is declining. Now the state is looking for volunteers to try out a new funding method, but volunteering could cost you money.
California lawmakers are considering imposing limits on short-term online rental services like Airbnb. A Senate committee took up the issue today.
California Governor Jerry Brown is calling on local water agencies to adjust their pricing structures as a way to promote conservation. But a state court ruling issued today could undermine those efforts.