Gov. Jerry Brown today signed legislation in which the state will seek more time from federal judges to reduce California's prison population, while committing hundreds of millions of dollars to house inmates out of state and in local facilities if the request is denied.
The bill appropriates $315 million this fiscal year for inmate housing if the request for additional time falls short.
The legislation was the product of a compromise between Brown and legislative leaders over how to address a court order to reduce overcrowding in California's prisons. The agreement was announced Monday, and the bill, Senate Bill 105, passed in the Assembly and Senate on Wednesday.
Brown is likely to outline options for federal judges overseeing the prison crowding case in a status update next week.