More than half of California prosecutors sue over prison good behavior credits, eligibility of 76,000 gevangenes

The lawsuit was brought Wednesday by 44 of the state’s 58 top prosecutors and accuses Corrections Secretary Kathleen Allison of using an emergency declaration to bypass the normal regulatory process. The lawsuit says the emergency regulations were really an attempt to comply withthe direction outlined in the Governor’s Budget Summaryfrom the year prior.

It asks a judge to bar the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from awarding the credits until it goes through the regular process, insluitend a “transparent and rigorous public comment period.

In this Aug. 16, 2016, lêerfoto, a row of general population inmates walk in a line at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Kalifornië. Three-quarters of California's district attorneys sued the state Wednesday in an attempt to block emergency rules that expand good conduct credits and could eventually bring earlier releases for tens of thousands of inmates. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, lêer)

In this Aug. 16, 2016, lêerfoto, a row of general population inmates walk in a line at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Kalifornië. Three-quarters of California’s district attorneys sued the state Wednesday in an attempt to block emergency rules that expand good conduct credits and could eventually bring earlier releases for tens of thousands of inmates. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, lêer)

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