Skip to comments.Federal judge threatens to put (CA) state prison system into receivership
Posted on 07/20/2004 3:40:31 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
A federal judge threatened to put the state's prison system into receivership after warning that a prison guard contract renegotiated by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger harms reform efforts in the nation's largest state correctional system.
The California Correctional Peace Officers Association, the guard's union, already has a pattern of interfering with investigations and employee discipline, U.S. District Judge Thelton E. Henderson wrote Monday in a letter received Tuesday by Schwarzenegger.
Schwarzenegger's proposal would worsen problems by granting even more concessions to the union in return for postponing pay increases, despite numerous warnings from a federal court special master, witnesses at Senate hearings, and the governor's own review panel that the union has too much power, the judge said.
Schwarzenegger's administration and the union did not have an immediate comment.
Henderson asked to meet with Schwarzenegger personally to discuss the "continued noncompliance with my remedial orders."
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This is one time where I might support some radical intervention by a leftist judge. The CA prison system is out of control. The inmates run the asylum.
One of the key elements of Kalifornia's dysfunctional future is a dramatic increase in agency management by judges. They will have all the power when those who are unpaid by the state seek their day in court.
Unfortunately, the judges don't have printing presses and can't create money. All they can do is make different decisions about where the deficits will fall. But deficits there will be.
Pretty interesting. Thanks for posting this one.