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Governor’s office needs to cut from every department, including prisons

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Every state program and department is likely to share the pain of closing California’s $26 billion budget gap, the governor’s chief of staff says. Susan Kennedy told KPCC’s Patt Morrison that the prisons won’t be immune.

Susan Kennedy: "We have to reduce our population. The Governor is aggressively trying to figure out how we either house some of these prisoners out of state, reduce the parole violators that are coming in here through, you know we have a the worst recidivism rates in the country, and be more effective in how we use our parole resources so we are focusing on the worst offenders."

Kennedy said the state department of Corrections and Rehabilitation needs to trim $1 billion from its budget this fiscal year.