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California's response to court order requiring list of proposed population reduction measures; court ordered plan

California's response to court order requiring list of proposed population reduction measures; court ordered plan

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Defs.’ Resp. to April 11, 2013 Order; Court-Ordered List of Population Reduction Measures & PlanCase Nos. 2:90-cv-00520 LKK JFM P & C01-1351 TEH
AMALA
D.
 
H
ARRIS
 Attorney General of CaliforniaJ
ONATHAN
L.
 
W
OLFF
 Senior 
 
Assistant Attorney GeneralJ
AY
C.
 
USSELL
 Supervising Deputy Attorney GeneralD
EBBIE
V
OROUS
,
 
State Bar No.
 
166884P
ATRICK 
R.
 
M
C
INNEY
,
 
State Bar No.
 
215228M
ANEESH
S
HARMA
,
 
State Bar No.
 
280084Deputy Attorneys General455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 11000San Francisco, CA 94102-7004Telephone: (415) 703-5553Fax: (415) 703-1234E-mail: patrick.mckinney@doj.ca.gov
 Attorneys for Defendants
Hanson Bridgett LLPJ
ERROLD
C.
 
S
CHAEFER 
,
 
State Bar No. 39374P
AUL
B.
 
M
ELLO
,
 
State Bar No. 179755W
ALTER 
R.
 
S
CHNEIDER 
,
 
State Bar No. 173113S
AMANTHA
D.
 
W
OLFF
,
 
State Bar No. 240280425 Market Street, 26th Floor San Francisco, California 94105Telephone: (415) 777-3200Fax: (415) 541-9366E-mail: pmello@hansonbridgett.comIN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTSFOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIAAND THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIAUNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT COMPOSED OF THREE JUDGESPURSUANT TO SECTION 2284, TITLE 28 UNITED STATES CODE
RALPH COLEMAN, et al.,
Plaintiffs,
v.EDMUND G. BROWN JR., et al.,
Defendants.2:90-cv-00520 LKK JFM P
THREE-JUDGE COURTMARCIANO PLATA, et al.,
Plaintiffs,
v.EDMUND G. BROWN JR., et al.,
Defendants.
 
C01-1351 TEH
THREE-JUDGE COURTDEFENDANTS’ RESPONSE TO APRIL11, 2013 ORDER REQUIRING LIST OFPROPOSED POPULATION REDUCTIONMEASURES; COURT-ORDERED PLAN
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Defs.’ Resp. to April 11, 2013 Order; Court-Ordered List of Population Reduction Measures & PlanCase Nos. 2:90-cv-00520 LKK JFM P & C01-1351 TEH
 Introduction ..................................................................................................................................... 1Court-Ordered List of Proposed Population-Reduction Measures ................................................. 51. New Construction. .......................................................................... 62. Expand Fire Camp Capacity. .......................................................... 63. Obtain a Legislative Appropriation of Funds to Expand In-State Contract Capacity. .................................................................. 64. Legislative Changes to State Law to Increase Prison Credits. ........ 8a. Change State Law to Allow Minimum CustodyInmates to Receive 2-for-1 Credits. .................................... 8 b. Change State Law to Increase “MilestoneCompletion” Credits for Violent and Second StrikeOffenders. .......................................................................... 10c. Change State Law to Expand Credit-Earning Limitsfor Violent and Non-Violent “Second Strike”Felons. ............................................................................... 11d. Change State Law to Expand Credit-Earning Limitsfor Violent (Non-Strike) Felons. ....................................... 125. Diversion of Technical Parole Violators. ...................................... 136. Diversion of Low-Risk Offenders to CommunityCorrections. ................................................................................... 147. Expansion of Evidence-Based Rehabilitative Programming. ....... 148. Proposition 36. .............................................................................. 159. Change State Law to Expand Alternative Custody Programand Work Furlough/Restitution Centers. ...................................... 1610. Change State Law to Require County Jails to RetainInmates With Nine months Left To Serve On Sentence. .............. 1811. Change State Sentencing Laws to Expand Realignment byReclassifying Felony Sentences to be Served in County Jail. ...... 1912. Under a State of Emergency Declaration, RefusingAdmission to Prison for Convicted Felons. .................................. 2013. The Governor Was Required by State Law to Rescind theOvercrowding Emergency Proclamation, and noCircumstances Exist that Would Justify a New Declarationof Emergency. ............................................................................... 2114. Change State Law for Diversion of Felony ProbationViolators. ....................................................................................... 2215. Change State Law to Allow Early Releases of InmatesConvicted to a Life Sentence with the Possibility of Parole. ........ 2316. Change State Law to Allow Early Releases of Other Groupsof Inmates. ..................................................................................... 25
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17. Early Releases of Convicted Felons Who Are Not UnitedStates Citizens. .............................................................................. 26Court-Ordered Population-Reduction Plan ................................................................................... 28I. Measures that defendants have the authority to implement: ................................. 28A. New construction. ..................................................................................... 28B. Expand fire camp capacity. ....................................................................... 28II. Measures that defendants lack the authority to implement: .................................. 29A. Legislative changes to state law to increase prison credits. ...................... 291. Change State Law to Allow Minimum Custody Inmates toReceive 2-for-1 Credit................................................................... 292. Change State Law to Allow Non-Violent Second-StrikeOffenders to Earn “Milestone Completion” Credits. .................... 303. Change State Law to Increase the Credit-Earning Limit for  Nonviolent “Second Strike” Felons from 20% to 34%. ................ 304. Change State Law to Expand Criteria for Medical Parole. ........... 315. Change State Law to Modify Parole for Low-Risk ElderlyInmates. ......................................................................................... 316. Obtain a Legislative Appropriation of Funds to Lease JailCapacity from Counties with Available Capacity. ........................ 32B. Seek an appropriation from the legislature to slow the rate of returning inmates to California as called for in the blueprint. .................. 33C. Contingency measures. ............................................................................. 33III. Reasons for not implementing the remaining measures on the list. ...................... 34A. Realigning additional felonies to local jurisdictions, refusingadmission to inmates convicted of felonies requiring a prisonsentence, and diverting probation violators would threaten publicsafety. ........................................................................................................ 34B. Retroactive application of credit-earning and credit increases for violent offenders would threaten public safety. ........................................ 35C. It would be risky to grant the outright early release of thousands of murderers and other serious and violent felons......................................... 35D. It would be bad policy to grant the outright early release of elderly,female, or disabled inmates. ...................................................................... 37E. It would be ill-advised to grant the outright early release of inmateswho are not United States citizens. ........................................................... 37F. Plaintiffs’ milestone credit proposal subverts the program’s purpose. ..................................................................................................... 38IV. California has achieved a durable remedy. ........................................................... 39
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