The state Senate approves a plan to release thousands of inmates to cut spending costs.
Press Release Service – Wired PR News – California lawmakers recently approved a plan that will facilitate the release of thousands of inmates in the state’s prisons. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the state Senate approved a proposal Thursday, which is backed by Democrats in the Legislature as well as Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, is expected to cut $1.2 billion in costs for corrections.
As noted by the AP, Republicans opposed the idea of early release for so many inmates. Sen. George Runner is quoted as stating of the bill, “This is such an over-the-top threat to public safety to the people of California, that I guarantee there will be a referendum … because the people are not going to let this happen to them.”
However, others view the legislation differently. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is further quoted as stating of the measure, “This is an opportunity to do better and to begin to change the embarrassing fact that we spend more money on prisons than we do the University of California system.”
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