Okay, here’s this week’s segment of The Filter in which I talkin with Fred Roggin about the prison population reduction issue, which happens to be news because of two US Supreme Court decisions that occurred on Tuesday.
Here’s the deal: Governor Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown challenged in court the right of the federal panel of three judges led by Judge Thelton Henderson to force the governor and the legislature to find a method to reduce California’s over-sized prison population. The case went to a federal appeals court, and the appellate court sided with Henderson and company. Undaunted, Arnold and Jerry went on to the U.S. Supreme Court—which refused to hear the case.
That happened on Tuesday. This meant that the plan submitted by Schwarzenegger to reduce the state’s prison population by 40,000 to 57,000 over the next couple of years—a plan made because the judges in effect held a gun to the governor’s head—.was to go into effect at the end of this month.
However, to completely confuse things, the US Supremes also put a freeze on the prisoner reduction plan until they (The Supreme Court) could decide what they were going to do about the second lawsuit that Arnold and Jerry had filed about the issue. (This has to do with the three federal judges overriding state law. It’s more complicated than we need to go into right now but, in any case, the state is challenging another aspect of the prison reduction plan.)
Thus everything is a go-ahead—AND everything is frozen.
Anyway, the Supreme Court case was the jumping off point for this segment of The Filter Have a listen. Certainly the topic has more sides to it than we could go into in a three minute segment. But we got to as much as we could.