Schwarzenegger Signs Bill Allowing Shorter Parole in Exchange for Drug Treatment

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Hoping to reduce the number of Californians who cycle in and out of prison, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has quietly signed a bill allowing nonviolent ex-convicts to earn their way off parole early by completing an intensive drug treatment program.

It sounds like California is way ahead of the curve, but anecdotal reports from clients suggest that California is way tougher on possession than Michigan.