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Calif. governor wants to speed inmate release

SACRAMENTO — California is considering speeding up the release of some inmates while allowing other inmates with a violent history to become firefighters, under a proposal to cut crowding in state prisons that Governor Jerry Brown filed late Thursday night.

“The plan is ugly. We don’t like it. But considering the inmates we have left in our prison population, it’s the best plan we can come up with,” Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard said at a Friday press conference.

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