[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/08/25/california.prisoners.release/art.prison.gi.jpg caption="California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, right, and officials tour a prison last week in Chino after a riot there."]
California legislators plan to keep trying to find consensus on a controversial proposal that would release at least 27,000 inmates from state prisons.
The California Assembly on Monday delayed a possible vote on the plan. Lawmakers likely will take up the proposal Wednesday or Thursday, said Shannon Murphy, a spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker Karen Bass.
"When we arrive at a responsible plan that can earn the support of the majority of the Assembly and make sense to the people of California, we will take that bill up on the Assembly floor," Bass, a Los Angeles Democrat, said in a statement.
Bass said legislators continue to meet with each other and law enforcement authorities to try to craft a plan that increases public safety, improves the state corrections department and reduces costs.
As part of the negotiations, a provision that would set up a 16-member sentencing commission - which would put new sentencing guidelines in place by 2012 - was stripped from the bill, Murphy said.
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