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Schwarzenegger: Lawmakers lack 'guts' on prisons

Schwarzenegger: Lawmakers lack 'guts' on prisons

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger blasted members of the state Assembly Wednesday for lacking "the guts" to enact sweeping changes to California sentencing laws.
The Republican governor said lawmakers were willing to cut $10 billion from education, but are reluctant to trim just $1.2 billion from prisons.
"They don't have the guts to go out there and create the prison reform that they have been talking about now for two decades," he said. "They (Assembly members) don't have the guts now to make those decisions, because they are now more worried about safe seats than safe streets."
He made the comments Wednesday in an online conversation with the founders of Twitter at the company's San Francisco headquarters.
"The governor should spend less time sending provocative tweets and more time producing Republican votes," retorted Shannon Murphy, spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, a Democrat from Los Angeles.
Schwarzenegger is proposing to reduce the prison population by 27,000 inmates in the first year by diverting thousands of criminals to local jails or home confinement.
Assembly Speaker Karen Bass says the plan can't win support among her Democrats, and Republicans adamantly oppose provisions they say amount to early inmate release.
Bass plans a vote Thursday on an alternative that would leave the state with a new $200 million budget hole.
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Associated Press Writer Juliet Williams contributed to this story.


Updated : 2021-05-17 20:47 GMT+08:00