SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday quickly rejected a plan by Senate Democrats to seek a three-year extension on meeting prison-inmate-reduction goals and then to meet those goals by allocating hundreds of millions of dollars for more rehabilitation, mental health and drug treatment programs.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) offered his plan as part of a proposed settlement with plaintiffs’ lawyers representing inmates in two class-action lawsuits.
"It would not be responsible to turn over California’s criminal justice policy to inmate lawyers who are not accountable to the people,” Brown said in a statement.
“My plan avoids early releases of thousands of prisoners and lays the foundation for longer-term changes, and that’s why local officials and law enforcement support it," he added.