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Schwarzenegger Lauds Prison Plan, Defends Administration

Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger thanked Democratic legislators today for a bipartisan agreement to support the reorganization of the state´s troubled prison system.

The Assembly today approved 56-to-five legislative changes to Schwarzenegger´s plan to reorganize the prison system.

Schwarzenegger wants to transfer power from the adult Department of corrections and the Youth Authority to a consolidated Cabinet-level Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Democratic leaders agreed to let that plan take effect automatically May fifth, but immediately follow it with their compromise.

Among changes, the legislation gives youth facilities their own chief deputy secretary, parole board, and new Juvenile Justice Advisory Commission to insulate the juvenile system from adult prisons.

The measure now goes back to the Senate for final approval.