(There could be a problem with competing legislation)….One of the bills is backed by the Governor.
The other is being pushed by Senator Steinberg. Both are purported to meet6 the Federal Court order to reduce the state prison population by 9,600 prisoners by December 2013. Both bills were assessed by the Legislative Analyst Office. The LAO assessment was not good for either bill. They determined that both pieces of legislation could leave California in contempt of the Federal Court order and neither guarantees prison population reduction. The LAO says the Governor backed legislation comes up short. And the Steinberg plan fails to produce short-term population reduction. The LAO suggests reductions that should be included in the legislation; reduced admissions, reduced time served, reducing parolee recidivism, increase the use of control cells and build more state prisons.