There's always one kid in class who gets away with it. You know the one. The teacher says the homework is due Friday and if you don't turn it in, you flunk. But this kid pleads for more time. Just give him the weekend and he promises to get it done. The teacher says OK, then Monday comes and he asks to be given until the end of the week. And then he promises to turn it in at the end of the year. Then he says he can get it done by next April. Promise.
Now, how about two years from now?
The looming deadlines are what forced Brown,
What the governor and the Legislature wanted desperately to avoid was the appearance that inmates were leaving prison "early" — even though the vast majority of prisoners have for decades been released after having served only a fraction of their sentences. Under Monday's order, politicians could escape blame for any additional time shaved off prison terms because failure to reduce the population would result in releases ordered not by them but by a court-appointed compliance officer.
What about the state's commitment to effective rehabilitation and reduction of recidivism? Brown says he will think about a sentencing commission to recommend reforms to criminal laws and prison terms and will allow additional time-served credits to some elderly and two-strike prisoners (but don't dare call that "early release"!).