Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
May 6, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown today called “mystifying” the continuing legal pressure on his administration to reduce California’s prison population, as he reiterated his pledge to appeal the case as far as the U.S. Supreme Court.

“I find it rather mystifying why we’re in this predicament, but I am following the law, and I’m exercising my rights as an American citizen to present the arguments as I see them and to seek final adjudication in our highest courts,” Brown told reporters after a memorial ceremony for law enforcement officials in Sacramento.

Brown’s remarks follow his administration’s submission Thursday of a court-ordered plan to reduce the state’s prison population, even as state officials vowed to appeal. The administration claims overcrowding in state prisons has been addressed and that inmate health care is sufficient.

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