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Commission Approves Plan For State Prisons

A government watchdog commission backed Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger´s restructuring of the state´s troubled adult and youth prison system yesterday.

The Little Hoover Commission recommended that state lawmakers approve the plan Schwarzenegger formally submitted to them yesterday.

But commissioners added recommendations and said they will review the administration´s progress in a year. The governor´s plan takes effect automatically unless a majority in either the Assembly or Senate votes to block the proposal within 60 legislative days.

The governor wants to shift power from the adult Department of Corrections and the Youth Authority to a consolidated cabinet-level Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.