Editorial: Steinberg’s Prison Plan Could Kick Off ‘Welcome’ Debate, but Action Needed Before Next Year
A U-T San Diego editorial argues that between Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) plan to comply with a federal court-ordered reduction of the state prison population and California Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg's (D) proposal to curb the number of state inmates, the latter has drawn interest from "prisoner-rights activists who sued the state" over the issue years ago. It adds, "This interest is likely to kick off a welcome policy debate on recidivism." However, the issue requires "decisive action" because next year nearly 10,000 felons could be released if lawmakers do not agree on a plan, the editorial concludes.
- "State Has Little Time To Spare in Fixing Prison System" (U-T San Diego, 8/28).