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Governor Schwarzenegger says a special master will oversee reforms in the California Youth Authority.

The changes were caused by the settlement of a 2003 taxpayer lawsuit in Alameda County in which the parent of a C-Y-A ward protested conditions at the authority.

Schwarzenegger says he ordered his legal advisers to settle the case after he took office a year ago and determined the correctional system was deeply flawed.

Experts will help the authority plan reforms in six areas that were also the focus of a series of devastating reports by national experts earlier this year, including mental health, education and medical care.

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