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 lawmakers are turning their attention to fixing the state’s crumbling roads. Today Assembly Republicans threw their plan into the mix.
Governor Jerry Brown signed the California budget with no fanfare Thursday.
California lawmakers will take final votes on the state budget Friday. The houses will also each vote on several trailer bills that dictate how the budget will be implemented.
Advocates for the developmentally disabled are furious after being left out of this year’s California budget deal. They held a tense rally at the Capitol Wednesday.
California tends to rank near the bottom in voter turnout. But some state officials say a bill announced Wednesday could help improve participation.