AirTalk for September 9, 2013

Prison overcrowding relief deal unveiled

Is Governor's Jerry Brown's plan the best way to reduce the prison population in California?

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Governor Brown’s prison overcrowding relief plan is among the bills the legislation has to decide on.

Gov. Jerry Brown and the four legislative leaders have announced  a deal on relieving the state's prison population, agreeing to ask a panel of federal judges to extend the end-of-the-year deadline on releasing thousands of inmates.
The deal hinges on the state's ability to persuade three federal judges to give California time to let rehabilitation programs work rather than spending $315 million to lease cells in private prisons and available county jails.


Ben Adler, Capital Bureau Chief at Capital Public Radio in Sacramento

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