In the Media

Budget blues hit California jails

PUBLISHED July 22, 2004

California's entire penal system - beset by labour and financial troubles - could be taken into receivership, a federal judge has warned.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has just negotiated a new pay package with the state's prison staff, part of his ongoing attempts to cut the budget.
But Judge Thelton Henderson has told Mr Schwarzenegger that the deal cannot go ahead, and that courts could take over.