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California Corrections Secretary Says Reforms Just Beginning

Sacramento, CA — Corrections Secretary Roderick Hickman says California´s prison reforms are barely underway and may need years to succeed.

State senators are beginning hearings as they consider whether to confirm Hickman as the head of the new Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The department´s reorganization in July combined the adult and youth prison systems in the largest reorganization in state history.

Hickman says reforms will take time. Critics say there has been a lack of progress since he was first appointed corrections chief by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2003.

Senators have until this July to confirm Hickman´s appointment to head the nation´s largest state corrections system.