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September 27, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO -- Thousands of inmates could soon be reassigned from Los Angeles County jails to home detention to relieve overcrowding, under legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. "This bill provides local law enforcement with the tools to relieve severe overcrowding in county jails," said Bill Maile, a spokesman for the governor.
Fighting to overturn an order to buy 481 more buses, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority clashed with bus rider advocates in federal court Monday about whether enough progress has been made in reducing overcrowding on the nation's second-largest bus system. The MTA's new attorney, Shirley M. Hufstedler, told Chief U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. that "there cannot be any real doubt" that the transit agency has striven mightily to improve its bus service in the past three years.
May 22, 2007 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to ease prison overcrowding by sending convicts out of state has been allowed to proceed while a state appellate court weighs a legal challenge to it. Prison officials have said they intend to transfer 5,000 inmates to out-of-state prisons by the end of the year. Transfers will resume next month, said Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Bill Sessa.
March 17, 2004 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Overcrowding at San Joaquin County Jail has led to an early release program for nonviolent inmates that is frustrating local police. Officers said they catch a crook and see him on the street days later. Last year, the jail released 3,716 inmates before they had completed their sentences -- a 51% increase over 2002. Meanwhile, auto thefts and car burglaries are rising in the Stockton-Lodi metropolitan area, which has the nation's fourth-highest vehicle-theft rate.
May 4, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday signed a plan to add more than 50,000 beds to California's overcrowded prison system, even as key lawmakers and experts warned that it fails to solve the most pressing long-term problems. Lawmakers reached the $7.8-billion deal last week in hopes of satisfying federal judges who have threatened to release inmates early if California failed to address its prison overcrowding.
November 20, 1986
The City Council has extended a moratorium on apartment construction through mid-December to allow time to discuss and adopt rules governing new buildings. In late October, the council responded to neighborhood complaints of overcrowding and parking problems by voting to halt the issuance of permits to build apartments for 30 days. The council now has extended that ban and scheduled a public hearing for Dec. 2 to discuss what can be done to ease the impact of new apartments.
July 24, 2007 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
Federal judges seeking to improve prison medical care called the state's latest efforts insufficient Monday and ordered creation of a three-judge panel to consider capping California's inmate population. The move -- the first for a state prison system -- has the potential to prompt early release of inmates.
September 6, 1987
On Aug. 26, you ran a story "Mother of 11 Cited: Her Home Too Crowded." The story dealt with a woman who was raising 11 of her children in a two-bedroom house and this violated the City of Santa Ana's code on overcrowding. It was also stated that she had housed people illegally in her garage and a trailer on the property. Apparently, there have been complaints from neighbors since 1985. On Aug. 27, you ran a story "City Drops Overcrowding Citation Against Mother of 11," because, as Councilman Ron May states, "We are not in the business of throwing out homeowners."
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