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How Jerry Brown Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Private Prisons

A while back, California Governor Jerry Brown announced the prison overcrowding crisis was over, and the use of private prisons expanded by the Governator could be wrapped up.

Well fuhgeddaboudit.  The U.S. Supreme Court's denial of the stay of the crowding-reduction order issued by the three-judge court (erroneously, IMHO), forces California to either make use of such prisons or unleash a new horde of even more dangerous criminals on the public. 

Paige St. John reports in the L.A. Times:

Gov. Jerry Brown's administration is discussing deals to lease more than 4,600 private and publicly owned prison beds in California, inching the state toward compliance with federal court orders to reduce crowding in its own lockups.

Proposals include a 2,400-bed prison operated by Corrections Corp. of America in the Mojave Desert, 1,200 beds at two low-security prisons owned by GEO Group, and room for some 1,000 more inmates in jails in Alameda County and a city-owned prison in Kern County.
A city-owned prison?  Yes, the City of Shafter (pop. ~17,000), northwest of Bakersfield in the south end of the Central Valley, owns a prison.  The state dumped its contract with Shafter as a part of the realignment scheme, but the city wants the business back.

Meanwhile, back in the Mojave Desert on the other side of the mountains, the prison is owned by a private corporation, but officials of nearby California City want the jobs for their community.

But not everybody wants prisoners.  An earlier story by Paige St. John quoted a spokesman for L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca: "We are managing ... but we are at our capacity.... The sheriff believes that we cannot take any more state prisoners. ... Enough is enough."

Will the Legislature pony up the necessary cash?  Even the notoriously pro-criminal Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg backs Brown on this, Don Thompson reports for AP.  (Unlike the figurehead position in the U.S. Senate, the Pro Tem actually runs the show in the California Senate.)

Have Brown and Steinberg actually had an epiphany and started to finally care about victims of crime so late in their careers?  Or are they worried that the effects of prisoner releases will become so glaringly apparent to the voters by November 2014 that all their denials by "experts" can't cover it up

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