SACRAMENTO -- A federal court order for California to entertain alternative options to reduce prison crowding echoes a set of solutions proposed just one day earlier by Senate leader Darrell Steinberg.
In a letter sent to federal judges Monday, Steinberg (D-Sacramento) provided a framework for following Gov. Jerry Brown's plan, suggesting California be required to reduce prison crowding by Dec. 31 to 145% of what the prisons were designed to hold -- a goal the state has said it can reach by moving 2,500 prisoners into private facilities.
He suggested a series of increasingly lower caps each year after that, until the state hits the judges' original target of 137.5% by the end of 2016.
However, the Senate leader also proposed the judges order discussions about other measures to reduce the state's prison population, including reviewing California's incarceration of federal immigration detainees and increasing resources to speed up the parole hearings of juvenile offenders and lifers.