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What Gov. Schwarzenegger said in Union City

By Josh Richman
Friday, December 21st, 2007 at 6:36 am in Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was in the East Bay on Thursday afternoon, visiting a Union City company to discuss “how spiraling health care costs put California companies at a competitive disadvantage and the need for comprehensive health care reform.” Here’s what he said:

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  • http://www.rebuildcorrections.lincal.com richard mckone

    The Governor is taking a major step in the right direction by reducing prison inmate length of stay. He is walking in the exact footsteps of former Governor Reagan in dealing with a budget shortfall and prison overcrowding. He should tie early release to the Inmate Work Incentive program, placing responsibility on inmates to qualify for early release.

    The Correctional System, particularly prisons, has failed to adapt to changing circumstances for so long that there are many opportunities for improvement and cost savings. Although most would probably be skeptical, the Governor could even avoid spending any of the $6.5 billion prison bed construction funding by releasing Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for 16,600 correctional beds to house short term, low risk offenders currently occupying about 20 thousand prison beds. This would quickly eliminate prison overcrowding and avoid spending any money for prison bed construction. Operating costs for contract beds probably would be about 10% to 20% lower than state run beds.

    Local correctional beds would also enable the state to reduce parole violation rates to a reasonable level and save over $.5 billion in annual prison operating costs. The potential savings are huge!