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in two thousand twelve California under Supreme Court order now to reduce its overcrowded prison population improve criminal sentencing and save the state billions of dollars , St now houses thirty thousand fewer prisoners controlling costs that's another story writers robin respaldo explains that I think it's really remarkable and that California parents achieved real production and press , share it with a larger than ten billion dollars has continued to rise and nothing more than what the FBI and in an entire year part of the problem out of lawmakers hands the state was ordered to spend more on healthcare and rehabilitation program what governor Jerry Brown transferred responsibility for thousands of talent from the state counties and this realignment alone cost over a billion dollars per year but the biggest driver of higher Carter's been personnel debate still budgets were about the same number position to get five years ago despite the drop in the prison population all of this is pushing the price tag per prisoner almost fifty four thousand dollars annually up from forty nine thousand five years ago wrecked the country is now looking to California at the vanguard of a prisoner for movement and lock already done the hard part Loring inmate number opened the cost savings having kicked in