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Brown Kills Death Row Remodel

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    SAN QUENTIN, CA - JANUARY 22: A guard tower is seen on the grounds of the California State Prison at San Quentin January 22, 2007 in San Quentin, California. The U.S. Supreme court threw out California's sentencing law on Monday, a decision that could reduce sentences for thousands of inmates in the California State correctional facilities. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Gov. Jerry Brown says he is canceling a $356 million plan to build new  housing for death row inmates at San Quentin State Prison.

    Brown didn't hold back the punches when listing his reason for the move.

    "At a time when children, the disabled and seniors face painful cuts to essential programs, the state of California cannot justify a massive  expenditure of public dollars for the worst criminals in our state," Brown said in a statement he posted on his Web site Thursday.

    He went on to say it would be unconscionable to spend $356 million to improve death row while making severe cuts to the state's most vulnerable.

    The improvement plan goes back to the Gray Davis years. The new facility would have had room to  house 1,152 inmates. Right now California has fewer than 700 awaiting their death sentence.

    Assemblymember Jared Huffman, who represents the area that includes San Quentin, applauded the move calling it "the Cadillac Death Row project." Huffman put the savings far above Brown's number. Huffman claims it would have cost $1.6 billion to build.


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