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For the 4th time in just 5 years, Governor Schwarzenegger has appointed a new director of prisons where a federal judge says conditions are unconstitutional. On Reporter’s Notebook, Steve Lopez of the LA Times - the column, the book, and the movie.
Gang violence, the lack of rehabilitation programs and sentencing laws like three strikes and you’re out have California prisons dangerously over-crowded. A federal judge says the health system is so bad it’s unconstitutional. Fixing it all will cost billions of dollars, at a time when the state is cutting back on education because of a 15 billion dollar deficit. To preside over an impending disaster, Governor Schwarzenegger has appointed his 4th Secretary of Corrections in just five years.