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There are 173,000 inmates in California's prisons, about double what they were designed to hold.  A federal court has seized control of the medical system and the Governor has declared a state of emergency. Can California solve the prison crisis before violence erupts?  Jim Sterngold guest hosts.

Producers:
Karen Radziner
Christian Bordal

Guest Interview Are California's Prisons Ready to Explode?

Governor Schwarzenegger came into office promising major reforms to slash prison overcrowding. He even added the word rehabilitation to the title of the Corrections Department to underscore the new direction. Today, the reforms have collapsed, and nearly seven out of every 10 parolees ends up back behind bars. Are there new ideas that will really relieve the pressure?  Are taxpayers going to be willing to spend billions of dollars treating convicts?  Jim Sterngold guest hosts.

Guests:
Steve Fama, Staff attorney with the Prison Law Office
Lance Corcoran, Spokesman for the California Correctional Peace Officers Association
Gloria Romero, Democrats for Education Reform
Marc Mauer, Sentencing Project

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