Calif. prison reform vote postponed

August 24, 2009 12:57:05 PM PDT
California's Assembly speaker is postponing a vote on a controversial plan to trim the state's inmate population to save $1 billion.

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Shannon Murphy, a spokeswoman for Speaker Karen Bass, says the Assembly won't vote on the plan Monday.

Bass had previously set a vote on a scaled-down version of the plan. The Los Angeles Democrat had stripped out the most contentious provisions from a bill that passed the state Senate last week.

Bass says that version doesn't have enough votes to pass in her chamber.

She removed a portion that would change several felonies to misdemeanors and keep those offenders out of prison. She also rejected a plan to detain thousands of inmates at home, and changed the makeup of a proposed sentencing advisory committee.

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