California's $6-billion correctional system is a failure that should be placed under the control of a civilian commission, say experts appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, according to the Los Angeles Times. Led by former Republican Gov. George Deukmejian, the panel said that only a radical restructuring can repair a system plagued by runaway costs, a high rate of repeat offenders, and abusive officers who often go unpunished. "Management in corrections has been deficient and dysfunctional," said Deukmejian, a conservative on law-and-order issues who oversaw the rapid expansion of state prisons in the 1980s. "It's . . .
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