About Chris Megerian

Chris Megerian is a reporter for the Los Angeles Times in Sacramento, where he covers state politics and the budget crisis. He writes about anything involving taxpayer dollars, including welfare, state universities and prison healthcare.

Californians Would Go Further than Gov. Brown to Cut Prison Crowding

Most California voters are willing to take more drastic steps than Gov. Jerry Brown favors to reduce prison crowding, including the early release of nonviolent offenders, but they don't want to sacrifice public safety to reduce the inmate population, according to a new poll. Support for softened penalties comes as Brown is fighting an order from a panel of federal judges to continue shrinking the number of inmates in state prisons. He says California has done enough and any more changes could … [Read more...]