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Assembly OKs Bill Making It Easier To Interview Prisoners

Sacramento, CA — Another attempt to make it easier for news reporters to arrange interviews with prison inmates has been approved by the state Assembly.

The measure by Assemblyman Ray Haynes of Murrieta was sent to the Senate this afternoon by a 57 to 10 vote.

The Senate approved a similar bill by Senator Gloria Romero of Los Angeles yesterday and sent it to the Assembly.

The two bills would enable reporters to arrange interviews with prisoners through the Department of Corrections unless the prison warden determines that the interview would pose an immediate threat to public safety or prison security.

They also would allow reporters to take pens, paper, cameras and tape recorders with them to the interviews.

Similar bills have been vetoed by a succession of governors, including Arnold Schwarzenegger.