Category Archives: Prisons

Senator Flips Vote, Union Contracts OK'd

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Today’s lengthy debate in the state Senate, both in public and in private, serves as a reminder of the complicated intersection of policy and politics, as a late vote switch by a Republican senator kept six new state worker contracts … Continue reading »


We Don't Need No (Budget) Education

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The latest statewide survey of California voters is getting a lot of attention for what it says about candidates for statewide office and how the state’s citizens feel about the economy and the fiscal woes of its government. It also … Continue reading »


Leg Analyst: Guv's 'Odd Couple' Too Odd

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“We recommend rejection of this proposal.” That’s about as simple as it gets in Capitol budget terms, and that’s the bottom line of the Legislative Analyst’s Office after examining Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s novel proposal to link funding for prisons with … Continue reading »


What Prisons Plan Will Judges Get?

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On Friday, a trio of federal judges will be waiting with hands outstretched for a plan from the state of California to resolve the overcrowded conditions behind its prison walls. And it’s now looking like a distinct possibility that the … Continue reading »


Too Much But Not Enough

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A cease-fire to the water wars that have lasted for most of California’s modern existence. A prison overcrowding problem that’s about to be yanked from state control by federal judges. A broad expansion of California’s commitment to sources of renewable … Continue reading »


Uncertain Fate for Prison Fix-Lite

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For those who wanted a quick fix to California’s prison woes, some advice: don’t hold your breath. Eleven days after the state Senate narrowly approved a wide-ranging plan to change the prison system, the Assembly has now approved a much … Continue reading »


Jailhouse Blues

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As we reported in this morning’s radio story for The California Report, yesterday’s action (and inaction) by the Legislature on a major prison reform bill fell victim to one of the essential truths in politics: a deal’s not done until … Continue reading »


Prison Plan Likely to Spark Fireworks

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It won’t be the only proposal before the Legislature on Thursday, but it will definitely be the main event: a plan to save money and lower the population of California’s prisons. That plan, endorsed both by legislative Democrats, is expected … Continue reading »


Prisons Debate: A Numbers Game?

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Quick, jot down the following numbers: 167,000… $1.2 billion… $3 million… 4%… 37%… 2.4. They’re going to come in handy when lawmakers soon wrap themselves in a one of the most complicated and controversial areas of public policy: prisons. The … Continue reading »


Prison Health Care Almost Half Billion Over Budget

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Adding more angst to easily the worst budget situation in California history, officials confirm that the federal court appointed prison receivership has spent almost $500 million more than budgeted in the fiscal year that ends on June 30. The cost … Continue reading »