State to use reserve funds to reduce prison overcrowding

Nannette Miranda (KABC) | August 27, 2013

SACRAMENTO — California is dipping into its billion-dollar reserve fund to keep nearly 10,000 inmates behind bars. Governor Brown wants to lease cells in private prisons in order to comply with federal court orders dealing with inmates.

California is under tremendous pressure from the courts to relieve prison overcrowding.

Refusing to outright release nearly 10,000 inmates, Governor Brown and legislative leaders say they’ll allocate $315 million in the state budget to contract out more beds in private prisons and out-of-state facilities to meet the order.

And to keep labor unions happy, some of those facilities will employ state guards.

“The only way to comply with that, consistent with public safety, consistent with maintaining the reforms we’ve already introduced, is to purchase additional capacity. That’s the plan,” said Brown.

Read more at: http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/state&id=9221492

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