That faint cheer you may have heard Tuesday came from California's correctional officers' union when Gov. Jerry Brown said he wants to end prison privatization.
The governor recommitted this week to bring the prisoners home at the same time he's asking federal judges to butt out of the state's prison business. The system's chronic overcrowding and poor inmate medical care, he said, are fixed.
"I applaud the governor's move to bring this back to the forefront," said Chuck Alexander, executive vice president of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. "If we're going to have people incarcerated, wouldn't those California tax dollars be better spent in California?"
Everyone expects pushback from the bench. While the administration deeply cut the inmate census, it won't get to the court- ordered 110,000 prisoners by this summer – and that's before adding 8,900 or so out-of-state convicts phased back into the system.
Still, Brown's promise to ax private prison contracts illustrates how relations with CCPOA have changed…..The State Worker: Correctional officers see gift in Jerry Brown's prison plan - The State Worker - The Sacramento Bee