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Frustrated Lawmakers Trim Prisons Budget To Prompt Reform

Sacramento, CA — State lawmakers frustrated with the slow pace of reforms in California´s prison system are slashing Governor Schwarzenegger´s corrections budget.

If only to call attention to their concerns as the governor prepares to release his revised spending plan next month.

The Senate today approved the bulk of Schwarzenegger´s prison system reorganization plan on a bipartisan vote.

That sets the stage for a new consolidated Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to take effect July 1.

But then senators who oversee corrections spending chopped nearly $100 million out of the $7 billion prisons budget.

Senators say they´ve lost confidence in the department´s ability

to oversee its own reform efforts.