SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown's office late Thursday produced a court-ordered plan to reduce prison crowding that includes the early release of thousands of inmates and the relocation of some prisoners to private lockups or state fire camps, among other measures.
FOR THE RECORD:
Prison plan: An article in the May 3 LATExtra section said that Gov. Jerry Brown's office produced a plan to reduce prison crowding by releasing thousands of inmates early. In fact, the plan proposes releasing hundreds, not thousands, of inmates. In addition, a For the Record item in the May 5 Section A addressing this issue gave the publication date of the article as May 4. —
The governor submitted the plan after judges threatened him with contempt of court if he continued to delay orders to meet inmate population caps.
Brown has reduced inmate numbers since October 2011, partly by keeping some low-level offenders in county custody rather than sending them to state lockups. But the state still has about 9,000 prisoners too many to satisfy the courts.
State prisons chief Jeffrey Beard said in a declaration to the court that officials prefer not to take any steps beyond completion of some new housing and sending inmates to state camps for conservation work and fighting wildfires.