Gov. Brown: Your prison expansion push will only makes California's overcrowding problem worse.
Gov. Brown is trying to pull a bait and switch. Even after being granted an extension, he’s still pushing to raid the budget surplus created by Prop 30, and throw $715 MILLION down the black hole of California's prison system.
Federal judges gave Gov. Brown a two month extension to find a real, sustainable solution for California’s prison overcrowding problem. But as of October 21, the Governor had not had any meetings with attorneys representing the prisoners and he had none scheduled in the future! Gov. Brown claims that his hands are tied. He claims a court order mandating him to reduce prison size by 10,000 will has forced him to spend billions more in taxpayer dollars over the next 5 years. Don't believe the spin. The Los Angeles Times and Sacramento Bee editorial boards don't; they've ripped apart the Governor's approach. According to the Brown Administration's own proposals to the court last summer, California can reduce its prisoner population by 10,000 through smart, proven, and most importantly SAFE strategies.
Here's the truth: Gov. Brown is afraid. He and our Democratic legislators are terrified of being labeled "soft on crime." We need to convince him there's another way. If you care about schools, universities, infrastructure, and vital services tell Gov. Brown:
Your current prison expansion plan is a huge mistake. There are smarter, more responsible ways to satisfy the court order. I'll have your back if you support "smart on crime" strategies that don't expand California's prisons but instead reduce our inmate population through fundamental reform.