Editorial Outlines Options for State in Wake of Prison Ruling
The U.S. Supreme Court "went to great lengths to give California officials maximum discretion" in upholding a federal panel's ruling "to reduce the state prison population â¦ from the current 143,000 inmates to 110,000," a Sacramento Bee editorial states. According to the editorial, California "doesn't have to release inmates, although it should and probably will;" it can "build new prisons"; or "it can reduce the number of inmates flowing into the system," which is "the sensible solution." To accomplish this, the state can implement "Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) realignment proposal to divert more parole violators to local jails" and "flow more nonviolent felons to local detention," the Bee writes.
- "Don't Fall for Scare Tactics on Prison Ruling" (Sacramento Bee, 5/25).