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Governor’s Prison Plan Rejected By Judicial Panel

Sacramento, CA — Governor Schwarzenegger’s plan to reduce California’s prison population has been rejected by a federal judicial panel.

The Governor’s proposal calls for a reduction of 23,000 inmates, which is far less than the 40,000 that is mandated by the court order.

The judges have given the administration 21 days to submit a new plan. If it is deemed inadequate, the court will develop its own.

The judicial panel found that California prisons are overcrowded and this has led to negligent medical and mental health care.

Written by bjhansen@mlode.com.