(LOS ANGELES) -- Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration was criticized for its plan to overhaul California's prison system, according to a report released Wednesday from the Legislative Analyst's Office.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Brown’s plan, which his administration announced in April, is designed to save billions of dollars by closing a prison, shifting staff members and returning inmates housed out of state, among other things.
"The administration has not justified the need for several costly prison construction projects that would add $76 million in annual debt–service costs to the general fund," the report said. "The proposed projects also appear to be significantly more expensive than other recently proposed prison construction projects."
The Legislative Analyst's Office said the plan will effectively leave California facing high costs despite dwindling prison capacity.
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