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Jerry Brown Says to the Feds, Back Off

David16953 Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 5:03 PM
I have an addict son in the Avenal Prison run by the state of California. Their water is rationed, they eat sack lunches 3 times a day and basics like TP, tooth paste and soap are hard to come by. The yard is lit by temporary light plants.The State of California is broke and can't afford to house the present inmate population. They operate the prisons the same as they operate everything; with no thought or planning. There are about 110 state funded organizations that the State has said there will be no cuts in their budget. Governor Moonbeam has said the only place we can cut the budget is police, fire, highways, prisons and education.

"It is now time to return the control of our prison system to California," Gov. Jerry Brown declared at a news conference Tuesday morning.

Amen to that. Federal lawsuits and federal judges have taken over the state's prison system. Unelected judges don't have to worry about paying for what they command. Nor need they worry about losing their jobs should they incite the public's wrath. Thus, judges have ordered massive increases in inmate health and mental health spending. Those orders have driven up the annual cost per inmate to more than $55,000. About $17,000 of that sum goes toward...