CA inmates may be released from prison

January 2, 2009 6:14:24 PM PST
Thousands of California inmates could be granted an early release from prison, if the governor's new budget proposal is approved.

The Schwarzenegger plan calls for correction department cuts totaling $842 million. Those cuts could also mean that parole would come to an end for about 65,000 non-violent offenders who have not committed sex crimes.

The Schwarzenegger Administration claims the parole program can be scaled back without harming public safety.

"What we do right now is place every single offender on parole supervision, regardless of whether they're a low level drug offender or property criminal or a higher level violent sex offender .. What we're doing is trying to align our resources and our system with what almost all the other states in the nation are doing," said state prison spokesman Seth Unger.

The Governor's plan also cuts $219 million from state substance abuse programs.


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