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New Youth Prison Chief Named As Corrections Reorganization Takes Shape

Sacramento, CA — A juvenile corrections professional from Florida is the latest official charged with reforming California´s troubled youth justice system.

The appointment comes as Governor Schwarzenegger´s sweeping reorganization of the prison bureaucracy takes effect.

Bernard Warner is chief deputy secretary for juvenile justice in the new California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

He has been assistant secretary for probation at the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.

Schwarzenegger says the bureaucratic reshuffling marks a new day for corrections in California.

The reorganization is the largest in three decades. It affects more than 54-thousand employees and 280-thousand adult and youth inmates and parolees in 33 adult and eight youth prisons.