Schwarzenegger approved program to ease prison overcrowding

On May 3, 2007, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill with bipartisan support that designated $7.7 billion to remedy the state's overcrowded prisons. The Public Safety and Offender Rehabilitation Services Act of 2007 attempted to streamline the prison infrastructure system by providing 53,000 new jail and prison beds and giving the legislature power to transfer prisoners out of state for four years. In February 2007, the governor announced a plan to release prisoners convicted of nonviolent crimes in response to the possibility of federal oversight of the state's prison system.

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