California is parched. The state’s worst drought in decades has left its reservoirs half-naked, if not skeletal. Officials say 17 communities could run out of drinking water this summer; some are considering mandatory rationing; and 500,000 acres in the state may be left fallow.
Corrections Corp. of America, the largest U.S. prison company, and Geo Group Inc. stand to gain in California Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to rent thousands of their cells as part of a $1 billion effort to meet a federal court deadline to reduce prison overcrowding.
An environmental group sued U.S. agencies including the Department of the Interior over a solar energy project planned for California’s Mojave Desert, claiming it would harm endangered species of animals.
California Governor Jerry Brown won approval of his plan to spend more than $1 billion to rent thousands of prison cells owned by Corrections Corp. of America prison and Geo Group Inc. to temporarily meet a federal court deadline to reduce overcrowding.
California Governor Jerry Brown says he needs $315 million from state reserves this year to meet a federal court order to reduce prison overcrowding and avoid the release of thousands of violent felons.