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Governor Schwarzenegger Criticized Over Lack Of Prison Reform

Sacramento, CA — A federal judge´s prison watchdog accuses Governor Schwarzenegger of dropping prison reform efforts and prompting the resignations of two corrections secretaries in quick succession this year.

Special Master John Hagar says the state´s investigations of inmate abuse and neglect improved when Schwarzenegger first took office.

But Schwarzenegger´s corrections chief abruptly quit in February saying he was frustrated with a lack of support in the administration and with the continued powerful role played by the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. His replacement is retiring for similar reasons.

A union spokesman calls the allegations “baseless and shocking.”