FROM Don Thompson
Governor Brown Files Yet Another Appeal It's been more than two years since the US Supreme Court gave California just that much time to reduce its prison population to 137.5% of capacity. Governor Brown says he's done all he can, and today he said he'll file a second appeal with the highest court in the land. This comes after last week's scathing opinion by a three-judge panel, which repeated its threat to hold Brown in contempt of court.
Early Release for Female Prisoners More than 4000 women inmates in California prisons could be released early — if they have less than two years left on their sentences, if their crimes were nonviolent, non-serious and non-sexual — and if they have children. That's according to a law signed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Supreme Court Tells California to Release Thousands of Prisoners The US Supreme Court today upheld a lower court order that California cut its prison population by tens of thousands of inmates. It was a 5 to 4 decision with the majority saying overcrowding and inadequate care are depriving prisoners of their constitutional rights. The minority called the decision "radical" and a threat to public safety. Don Thompson reports from Sacramento for the Associated Press .
Governor Brown's Deal with Prison Guards Could Be Costly Former Governor Gray Davis gave California's prison guards a 34 percent raise, twice what other state employees received. After he was recalled, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger attacked the Correctional Peace Officers Association as an example of public-worker unions with too many perks and too much power. Last year, the 30,000-member union supported current Governor Jerry Brown as Schwarzenegger's replacement, and Brown has negotiated a contract that could be costly to taxpayers. Don Thompson reports from Sacramento for the Associated Press .
Supreme Court Hears Prison Overcrowding Case For 20 years the State of California has been charged with unhealthy and inhumane treatment of prisoners, but failed to meet many promises to ease overcrowding. Today, the US Supreme Court took up the state’s appeal of an appellate court ruling that 40,000 prisoners be released.
Three-Month Overdue State Budget Agreement Unveiled In a secret meeting late last week, Governor Schwarzenegger and the leaders of both parties in the Assembly and Senate worked out a deal on the state budget. Today, they began to reveal the details at a committee hearing in Sacramento. Don Thompson reports from Sacramento for the Associated Press .
Getting answers on phone taps, Russia and leaking The Directors of the FBI and the NSA testified on Capitol Hill today there's no evidence for President Trump's claim he was wire-tapped by former President Obama. We'll hear about that and the investigation into Russian tampering with last year's presidential campaign.
Political appointments and the reshaping of the judiciary President Trump has the chance for a long-term impact -- not just on the US Supreme Court, but on the entire federal court system. And his nominees are likely to get the support of a massive spending campaign by donors who don't have to reveal their names. Can President Trump "pack" the federal court system?