Prisons

CA Fights To Regain Control of Prison From the Feds

The one area where Jerry Brown doesn't like intrusive government

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Gov. Jerry Brown's declaration Tuesday that California has solved its prison overcrowding problem is part of a bold move to wrest control of the nation's largest corrections system back from the federal courts and their appointed overseers.

But experts say there is a slim chance of that.

"I think the court will respond very negatively," said Joan Petersilia, a Stanford Law School professor and former corrections adviser to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. "I would be very surprised if they moved an inch."