California prison closings could save more than $1B

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new report says California, which has a declining prison population, could save more than $1 billion by closing eight lockups.

The Legislative Analyst’s Office released a report Thursday saying the state has seen a reduction in its inmate population because of early releases and other actions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report also says parole and sentencing law changes may flatten the prison population in the next few years.

The report says the population changes, coupled with closing five adult prisons and three juvenile facilities, could save the corrections system $1.5 billion a year by 2025.

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