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.”
Groundwater supplies are at an all-time low in both the Sacramento and San Joaquin River basins. Management of that dwindling supply was the focus of debate at the state Capitol.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles is setting up guidelines for driverless cars. At a public workshop in Sacramento Tuesday, it took ideas on issues like licensing, safety and privacy
California lawmakers say the state is facing a truancy crisis among elementary school students. Now a package of legislation has been introduced that’s meant to combat the problem.
(AP) -- A proposed bill could bring law and order to the wild west of weed.
California law enforcement agencies, state lawmakers and rights groups say prostitution and human trafficking have been on the rise at massage parlors around the state.