The vote came after Cate complied with a request to submit a "benchmarks" report to members setting rehabilitation and education goals.
Steinberg called Cate "the right person for the job" but said the secretary would need "a lot of help."
. . .
Steinberg asked why, out of a population of 155,000 in traditional state prisons, Cate's goal is to have only 15,837 prisoners in academic classes by June 2010.
"It does beg the question: What about the rest of the inmates?" Steinberg said.. . .
Steinberg also asked about Cate's goal to have 300 mentally ill parolees receiving comprehensive housing and mental health services by June 2010.
Right now, about 22,000 parolees receive limited services at clinics, but no parolees are in a comprehensive program.Cate, whose resume includes extensive prosecutorial experience, spoke at our conference last month about the difficulties and expenses involved in making programs available to prisoners. He now has his hands full implementing his plan for making $400,000,000 budget cuts.