Republicans Propose Changes To Prison Plan
Republican state lawmakers are pushing for changes to a prison construction plan that was signed into law last year. They say it will help the state avoid a cap on its prison population.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
G-O-P lawmakers want to change AB 900. That’s the nearly eight billion dollar prison expansion program both parties and the Governor signed off on last year to combat overcrowding. Republicans say progress on the actual building of beds is slow, and their plan would speed up construction. The state faces a possible cap on the prison population because of lawsuits related to overcrowding. G-O-P Assemblyman Todd Spitzer:
“Without an AB 900 fix we are on our way to early release of prisoners in California and to us that’s not just unacceptable, it’s completely intolerable.”
Corrections Spokesman Seth Unger says the Department has been working as quickly as it can to lay the groundwork for the new construction. And Democratic lawmakers say reducing the number of prisoners through parole reforms has to be part of the overcrowding solution, too.