Skip to comments.Prison system reform pledged - Governor Retains Watchdog Agency, Removes Wardens
Posted on 02/07/2004 8:56:24 AM PST by NormsRevengeEdited on 04/13/2004 2:49:36 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday promised a broad shake-up of California's troubled corrections system, starting with phasing out wire-mesh cages for youthful inmates and reversing his plan to scale back the state's prison watchdog agency.
The governor also removed wardens at two prisons and requested a federal inquiry into whether top prison officials covered up a probe of a 2002 gang riot at Folsom Prison.
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Bob Martinez, a corrections spokesman, said Yarborough will be reassigned when he returns from a vacation. He said Rawers chose to retire instead of being reassigned. Likewise, he said, Diana Butler, who was removed in December, had chosen a similar retirement option at Folsom Prison.
So were they "removed"/"ousted"... or just allowed to retire? The former implies some guilt or responsibility for which corresponding punishment would be expected. Instead, it sounds like they are allowed to retire with their newly enhanced pension benefits. Did they also qualify for the early-retirement-incentive package that was recently passed? Just a little accountability would be nice, doncha think? (Assuming, of course, they are responsible for the misdeeds).
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