Magazine article Corrections Forum

Calif. Parole to Reduce Prison Population

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Calif. Parole to Reduce Prison Population

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Sacramento Bee

In what may be the largest early release of inmates in U.S. history, Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration is proposing to open the prison gates next year for some 22,000 low-risk offenders. The administration will ask the legislature to authorize the release of certain non-serious, nonviolent, non-sex offenders who are in the final 20 months of their terms. The plan would cut the prison population by 22,159 inmates and save the cash-strapped state an estimated $256 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1 and more than $780 million through June 30, 2010. The proposal also calls for a reduction of more than 4,000 prison jobs, most of them involving correctional officers.

Gubernatorial spokesman Adam Mendelsohn declined to confirm the proposal, but reaffirmed the administration's belief that all departments need to cut spending across the board by 10 % next year. Schwarzenegger "has not made any decisions" on where the cuts will take place, including whether they will involve the early release of inmates or staff cuts.

The corrections budget proposal would not cut any of the prison department's bond funding, including the recently enacted, $7. …

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