Spending for California's prison system, the nation's largest, will rise slightly with a new state budget plan, up approximately $349 million as the inmate population crests in the coming year, reports the Associated Press. The budget provides $5.6 billion in state funds for 32 state prisons and 37 camps housing approximately 162,000 inmates. The budget funds a prison system in turmoil after a year of investigations, scandals, and cost overruns. It includes nearly $5 million to expand the Office of the Inspector General and create an Office of Independent Review to oversee investigations. Nearly $2 . . .
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