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Assembly committee seeks boost to post-prison services
Assembly committee seeks boost to post-prison services

A special legislative committee created last fall in the wake of federal court orders to improve state prison conditions and reduce crowding is calling for increases in the services and spending the state devotes to rehabilitation efforts and post-prison work programs. In a letter (read it here) sent this week to Assembly Speaker John Perez, whose term ended Friday, committee co-chairs Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) and Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D-South Los Angeles) recommended increased attention and resources to those leaving prison, especially the mentally ill. "Policies of the past that heavily relied on punishment and incarceration rather than treatment and reintegration...

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