Calif. to reveal plan to cut inmate population

By ADAM WEINTRAUB | June 7, 2011 | 1:28 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown's administration is scheduled to release its plan for complying with a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision ordering the state to greatly reduce its inmate population.

The proposal to be announced Tuesday is expected to rely heavily on the administration's stalled proposal to shift responsibility for thousands of criminals to California's counties.

Brown has said he is considering seeking an extension to give his realignment plan time to work.

In an order late last month, the Supreme Court gave California two years to remove more than 33,000 inmates after the justices ruled that easing congestion is the only way to improve unconstitutionally poor inmate medical care.

The latest count shows California's 33 prisons housing 143,565 inmates in space designed for fewer than 80,000.