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Governor Newsom: Shrink prisons to help cut budget

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Posted at 12:19 PM, May 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 15:19:24-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Governor Gavin Newsom is proposing to significantly shrink the footprint of California’s juvenile and adult prison system. It's partly because of massive budget cuts prompted by the pandemic, but it's also a philosophical decision.

The revised budget he sent to state lawmakers this week envisions closing two state prisons in coming years. He proposes shuttering nearly one of every five inmate firefighter camps. And he wants to eventually close all three state-run juvenile prisons.

He's also seeking expanded sentencing credits that help inmates get out of prison sooner. The moves have pleased criminal justice reform groups but have upset crime victims' advocates.