Prison Special Session Unproductive

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, September 1, 2006

The State Senate did pass a group of bills aimed at easing overcrowding – but the Assembly didn’t take them up before session ended.  A spokesman for the Assembly G-O-P caucus says Republicans considered it a watered down version of what Governor Schwarzenegger had proposed – and had major concerns.
The Governor supported six billion dollars for new construction….including 2 new prisons, but the Senate bills included just under one billion dollars to add beds at existing facilities.  Democratic Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez says his members were concerned, too:

 “some of my members really wanted to talk about sentencing reform and it was a conversation the Governor just wasn’t willing to have.”

Governor Schwarzenegger released a statement expressing disappointment, and pledged to take executive action wherever possible.