Editorial: Supreme Court’s Rejection of Brown’s Inmate Reduction Appeal Should Prompt New Sentencing Rules
A Sacramento Bee editorial argues that a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to reject Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) appeal of a court-ordered reduction of the state prison population should help the governor focus on reducing the number of inmates "from 120,000 ... to 112,000" by January and "sustaining those levels over time." It continues that the ruling should prompt state officials to "[r]ethink who goes to prison for how long." The editorial concludes, "We need a new, simpler organizing framework that has a positive impact in reducing crime and re-offense rates."
- "Editorial: Gov. Brown Must Get Real on Prison Crowding" (Sacramento Bee, 10/17).