Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Conflicting Prison Plans Head to Legislature

Senate Democrats have rejected Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to increase prison capacity, presenting their own plan to deal with prison overcrowding and poor prison health care. The State faces a December 31st deadline to slash prison overcrowding by almost ten thousand inmates. A new Senate plan calls for a deal with lawyers for the prisoners, and a new commission that could recommend sentencing reforms to slash the number of people who are sent to prison. Christopher Martinez reports from the State Capitol.