Prison growth slows down

Population growth at state prisons will be less than what was predicted just six months ago.

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The 13,910 state prisoner population is expected to hit 15,000 by August 2013, after policymakers previously anticipated prisons to surpass that number by August 2010.

Analysts attributed the slow-down in prison population growth to state legislation passed in early summer that temporarily suspends the voter-passed tough-on-crime law, Measure 57.

Damon Bell, the senior state economist who authored the report, said the slower growth in the expected prison population is on track to allow the Corrections Department and other public-safety agencies to stay within the restraints placed in their budgets by the 2009 Legislature.

Read the full story at The Register-Guard.

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