Schwarzenegger Names Deukmejian to Head Prison Reform Panel

SACRAMENTO (AP)–Former Governor George Deukmejian will chair an independent review panel looking to reform California’s youth and adult correctional systems.

Governor Schwarzenegger says the panel must find ways to turn around a "crisis of confidence" in the state’s prison system.

Critics argue–however–that Deukmejian–who held office from 1983 to 1991–helped build the state’s prison system into the nation’s largest during a law-and-order administration.

Schwarzenegger says the panel will examine the corrections system’s "ethics and culture;" organization and operations; safety practices for inmates–employees–and the public; and personnel and training programs.

He says the panel will report to him directly as part of his administration’s larger performance review.

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