acramento— Assemblyman Curt Hagman (R-Chino Hills) responded to the federal court ruling issued calling for the state’s prison population to be reduced by around 10,000 inmates by the end of this year.
“This decision must now be appealed to prevent haphazard release of dangerous criminals, which make up the majority of our current state prison population due to previous early releases,” said Assemblyman Hagman. “I hope the urgency of this issue now spurs proper consideration of Republican options, including my own, that can both reduce our prison populations while keeping our public safe,” added Hagman.
Assembly Bill 900, a bipartisan measure which the Legislature passed in 2007, authorized the funding for more than 16,000 prison beds. To date, approximately 3,000 prison beds have been built with AB 900 funding. In May, during the debate on a bill that allows the state to sell former prisons as surplus property, Assemblyman Hagman offered amendments to instead use this property to meet prison population caps. Those amendments were rejected on the floor with a party-line vote.
Assemblyman Hagman has authored numerous bills that pragmatically address overcrowding and public safety problems throughout his term in the Assembly that have also been rejected. One solution, however, is still progressing through the legislature—AB 1118—which would provide an advisory bail schedule to help ensure equity in bail amounts throughout counties, while decreasing overcrowding pressures and increasing court appearance rates.