California prison officials have proposed reducing their inmate population by 8,000 by the middle of next summer as part of a $400 million budget hit Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has laid on them, says the Sacramento Bee. State corrections director Matt Cate said his agency hopes to achieve the population reductions through parole changes, raising the dollar limit on grand theft, and giving inmates more time off for good behavior.
Cate did not provide line items on how his cost-cutting initiatives will add up to $400 million. He said he will send a package of bills to the legislature this week. The package’s approval is needed for the changes on parole, the time credits and the dollar-value adjustments on property crimes such as grand theft, which have not been changed since 1982.