Prison Union Rep Says Governor's Plans for Reforms Won't Work

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Mike Jiminez doesn’t mince words.  The C-C-P-O-A President has a definite opinion about the bills moving through the legislature aimed at solving the prison crisis:

 “it was a pipe dream from the start.”

Lawmakers are considering the Governor’s plans to build new prisons, community correctional facilities for men and women, and a new peace officers training center – but Jiminez – head of one of the most powerful unions in the state – says they won’t work because they can’t recruit officers.  He says he doubts the political will is there to achieve reform:

My fear is until somebody’s killed, murdered at the hands of another human being, as soon as this session ends, it gets forgotten.  But I’m not going away.”

The union has been working on a contract with the state.
Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Jim Tilton has come out in strong support of the bill package as a good start to solving the crisis.