While the California State Senate rather quickly passed a controversial plan to help trim $1.2 billion from the state’s prison system, as part of the overall budget cuts, the Assembly has been content to take its time considering a broad prison-release program to achieve those budget savings. Today looks to be the day of reckoning for the Assembly as it’s due to vote on everything from prisoner releases to changes in sentencing standards, and probably make some very unpopular decisions in the process. Can budget savings in prisons be achieved without releasing dangerous criminals back on the streets?
Julie Small, KPCC's Sacramento Reporter
Alberto Torrico, Assembly majority member; Democrat representing the 20th district, part of the San Francisco bay area