Capitol Alert: Jerry Brown signs prison housing bill

September 12, 2013 

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.

Merced Sun-Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service