Few Californians Back Health Cuts To Pay More for Prisons
Most Californians oppose cuts in state services to pay for efforts to ease prison overcrowding, according to a new survey by the Los Angeles Times and the University of Southern California's Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Only 12% of survey respondents said they would be willing to accept lower levels of state spending on health care services or education to pay for building more prisons. This year, California plans to spend $9.8 billion on prisons, making it the state's third-largest general fund expenditure behind education and health care.
- "Californians Would Rather Ease Penalties Than Pay More for Prisons" (Dolan, Los Angeles Times, 7/21).