Lawyers say Brown defiant of prison order
May 16, 2013
Prison inmates’ lawyers have filed court papers requesting federal judges to find Gov. Jerry Brown and his tool corrections official in contempt of court for the way the pair has handled prison overcrowding in California. (San Jose Mercury News)
According to the lawyers, the governor and staff have shown “willful defiance” of the judges’ orders to reduce prison populations to about 110,000 by the end of this year.
About 10,000 too few prisoners have been released to comply with the order, according to the filing.
The Brown administration has presented its plan to shave 7,000 more felons from the corrections rolls for further compliance. The state will makes its arguments on the matter to the state Supreme Court this summer.
The reduction in numbers is intended to allow the state to provide better medical care and house fewer prisoners in less crowded conditions.