Last month, SF Weekly told readers about a Supreme Court decision to force California to cut its inmate population — drastically. Today, Gov. Jerry Brown told the courts that he has the perfect plan in mind: Shift state prisoners to county jails.
Admittedly, Brown's Administration says it won't be able to meet the courts deadlines to reduce the state's prison population, which is 200 percent beyond capacity. However, he claims if the state could just move nonviolent prisoners into county jails, this will almost certainly put the state on the right path to cut the prison population by 33,000 over the next two years.
Brown already signed into law legislation that would permit this shift. However, money to pay for more cells and rehabilitation in county jails is stalled in the Legislature.