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SanQuentinprisoner.jpgA new ad for Proposition 5, the nonviolent offender rehabilitation measure, attacks California's prison guards' union for opposing the measure, saying the correctional officers are "overjoyed" with filled prisons "because overcrowding means they're overpaid."

"Our prisons are overcrowded and prison guards are overjoyed," the ad says. "Why? Because overcrowding means they're overpaid -- taking overtime pay right out of your pocket."

Watch the hard-hitting ad Yes on 5 ad here.

So far the California Correctional Peace Officers Association has donated $1 million to the campaign to defeat Proposition 5 and independently spent another $825,000 to oppose the measure, according to campaign filings.

Proposition 5 would loosen penalties and expand rehabilitation programs for nonviolent drug offenders in California. That would have increased upfront costs, with the potential for long-time cost savings.

The No on 5 campaign went on the air earlier this week with an ad featuring Sen. Dianne Feinstein calling the measure "the drug dealers' bill of rights."

"Say no to drug dealers. Vote no on Propostiion 5," Feinstein says in the ad.

Photo: Inside the walls of San Quentin Prison, Wednesday May 14, 2008. Credit: Sacramento Bee/ Brian Baer.


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