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Governor Wants To Reshape Approach To Women Prisoners

Sacramento, CA — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to move 40 percent of the state´s female inmates out of their cells and into neighborhood correctional centers.

The plan for female convicts is in the state budget the governor proposed last month.

It calls for about 4,500 female inmates to be able to live closer to their families and receive education, job training, drug and alcohol counseling.

The new centers would be secure facilities run by private companies under contract to the state.

Only inmates convicted of nonviolent crimes would be eligible. Some prisoners would be allowed to have their children live with them. Most of the governor´s plan requires legislative approval, and its chances are unknown.