Following through on his promises, Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) says he has no plans to take up court-ordered legislation proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown to reduce prison crowding.
Brown's office on Friday gave legislative leaders proposed language to increase state spending on private prison beds and jail beds by $450 million over the next two years, increase early release credits and expand parole programs for medically frail and elderly inmates.
The governor had said he did not support most of the measures but was providing them only to comply with federal court orders to reduce prison crowding.
Steinberg sent Brown a letter Monday supporting the governor's court challenges to those orders and championing state spending on mental health programs instead.