It seems that the class action lawsuit put forward to create an early release program for California prisoners is facing some stiff competition from the District Attorney and the State Sheriff's Association.
District Attorney Rod Pacheco filed on behalf of himself and 14 other California D.A.s in order to block the lawsuit against the state and Gov. Schwarzenegger. The State Sheriff's Association filed a similar motion as well. The lawsuit aimed to create a three judge panel which would conduct an investigation into how prison overcrowding affects offenders' mental health and recidivism rate. Suggested alternatives were a cap on the inmate population and an early release program to ease overcrowding in California's dangerously above-capacity jails.
The D.A.s and sheriffs contend that the best option is to forgo oversight entirely and proceed as planned with the state's $7.8 billion initiative to build space for 53,000 more inmates. For a prison system that has an inmate population of 170,000 that was designed to hold 100,000, just building more bunks may not be the best answer.
Fed prison-crowding suits opposed by D.A., sheriff [San Diego Union-Tribune]