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Old 02-26-2007, 02:53 PM
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Default Editorial: Prison crisis at a boil

EDITORIAL - February 26, 2007
Prison crisis at a boil
Everyone knows the state's corrections system is broken, but no one has the political courage to fix it.

IT ISN'T SURPRISING that the drug treatment programs in California prisons are a billion-dollar failure, as the state inspector general reported last week. Their failure has been amply documented for years. What would be surprising is the governor and the Legislature doing anything about it...

A federal judge has given California until June to show progress in reducing overcrowding or he might impose a cap on prison admissions. Schwarzenegger had hoped to relieve some of the pressure by transferring inmates out of state, but after a Superior Court judge ruled last week that the transfers were illegal, that may no longer be an option. It was a temporary solution at best. So is the latest plan from the governor and top lawmakers, announced Thursday, to consider early release for old and feeble inmates...

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