A three-judge panel granted California a two-year extension last week to comply with a federal order to reduce prison overcrowding.
The current state budget sets aside 315 million dollars for that purpose. Governor Brown’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year adds another 400 million to prison population reduction.
H.D. Palmer with the governor's Department of Finance says the money would have been spent differently had the court not granted the extension.
“Then the money we are providing for such things as mental health, substance abuse disorder, re-entry programs, we would have had to have spent that money to acquire additional out-of-state capacity to house inmates,” says Palmer.
Meanwhile, a recent study from the non-profit watchdog group, the California Budget Project, says prison spending is up about one billion dollars over what it was two years ago. It went mainly to guard salaries and housing inmates.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris' claim that it costs $75,000 a year to lock up an inmate in California receives a 'True' rating.
State Analyst Caitlin O'Neil says Proposition 57, which intends to make more non-violent offenders eligible for parole, requires more work and specificity into its implementation.
Doctors who work in certain California state prisons could be in line for a big raise.
Incarcerated parents in Stockton can now read stories to their children through audio recordings.
(AP) - A 57-year-old convicted killer has become the first U.S. inmate to receive state-funded sex reassignment surgery.