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Release Prisoners to Save Tax Dollars. Oh, Never Mind.

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The Oroville Mercury Register has this editorial.

Reducing the massive prison budget was an unspoken incentive that helped some citizens buy into the state's alleged reforms: More criminals would be let out of jail, but at least costs would go down.

Wrong. Despite a smaller prison population, the state hasn't cut payroll.

The result is that the cost to house an inmate has skyrocketed to a record $75,560 in the next year, according to the state Legislative Analyst's Office. That price per inmate has more than doubled since 2005 and is the highest in the nation.
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So, to review: California residents got fewer prisoners, higher costs and more crime out of all this "reform." What a deal.

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This is much a story about the $$/benefits for prison guards, no? Hasn't Gov Brown cut a lot of sweet deals with the guard unions?

I think it's a story about the flagrantly false promises of cost savings that California's "sentencing reform" advocates made in order to get their proposals adopted. I also think the "reform"-pushing Governor, Jerry Moonbeam himself, would know more about his sweet deals with public employee unions (a strong source of Democratic contributions) than Kent, Mike or I would.

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