Arnold, abandonning reform, capitulates to states "prison industrial complex"
But this kind of headline looks just like the way Davis used to do it:
Gov. calls for prison growth
"Schwarzenegger's $10.9-billion plan would add 78,000 beds to state prisons and county jails."
Despite the fact that the prison guard union deeply distrusted Arnold, and even amassed a $10 million war chest in the last election for prospective campaign ads, there has been a lot of front-door and back-door dealing between the Governor's office and reps from the prison "business." Read this Washington Post article from last June to see where things stood then, and how they came to be where they are today: with Arnold completely capitulating to the state's prison "industrial complex."
California's prison system already costs taxpayers here $8 billion a year---as much as it spends on higher education. Our state also has one of the most powerful prison guard unions anywhere, and one of the best-organized prison lobbies.
The voters expect the talk of population cuts, correction, and real reform fulfilled. They do not expect more debt, more costly stimulus projects that line the pockets of the few.
California already has the largest penal colony in the world commensurate to population. Do we really have the most criminal population on the planet? Or do we simply have the most buyable politicians?