Monday, September 9, 2013

Lawmakers Back Prison Compromise Plan

Governor Jerry Brown and state lawmakers have announced a compromise plan to meet court orders to reduce prison overcrowding by the end of the year. The compromise includes Governor Brown’s original plan – renting new prison beds – as a “Plan B”, if requests to alter the court plan are rejected by the federal judges. The plan is getting support from democratic and republican lawmakers, but some prison reform advocates are calling on lawmakers to reject the Governor’s fallback plan to expand prisons. Christopher Martinez reports from the State Capitol.