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Inside Gavin Newsom’s push to remake California prisons — Will a European approach work here?

His push comes amid other big changes his administration is making to the state’s $17 billion prison system, including closing a prison in Tracy this year and another in Susanville next year. The corrections department released thousands of inmates early as the coronavirus ravaged state institutions, reducing the prison population to 99,000 from 122,000 in a single year. Tens of thousands more inmates could be eligible for early releases through parole changes the Newsom administration wants to carry out.