Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
August 28, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown and Assembly Speaker John A. Perez do not appear receptive to Senate leader Darrell Steinberg’s proposal to settle the lawsuit inmate advocates have brought against the state over crowding in California prisons.

Brown’s prepared response to Steinberg’s settlement proposal says, “It would not be responsible to turn over California’s criminal justice policy to inmate lawyers who are not accountable to the people.”

He defended his own plan to spend $315 million on new prison beds, saying it “avoids early releases of thousands of prisoners and lays the foundation for longer-term changes, and that’s why local officials and law enforcement support it.”

Perez criticized Steinberg’s proposal and said Brown’s “is the right plan given our circumstances.”

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