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Commentary: California prisons too crowded, costly

With this recession, more may end up in jail
With this recession, more may end up in jail David Leeson / Dalls Morning News

In 2004, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger lamented that the state prison population was too large and still growing. "If we imprisoned people at 1994 rates," he said then, "we'd have 145,000 prisoners. That is a doable goal."

Schwarzenegger promised that California could reduce crime and downsize its prison system. Unfortunately, the prison population today remains the same as when Schwarzenegger made those remarks: 167,000.

The current budget situation, however, should force long-overdue changes.

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