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California's under a federal court order to give prisoners more humane treatment and the state's trying to save money. What will reducing the prison population mean for crime on the streets?  We talk with the Secretary of Corrections and Rehabilitation and others. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, just one year ago, Democrats were talking about a new political era. Now, President Obama faces a nation of angry voters.  We'll set the scene for his first address on the State of the Nation.  

Banner image: Secretary Cate of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation responds to the three-judge panel's 40,000 inmate release order

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Andrea Brody
Gary Scott

Main Topic A Grim Backdrop ahead of the State of the Union 28 MIN, 30 SEC

With all that's happened during the past year, it’s hard to believe that Barack Obama has yet to deliver his first address on the State of the Union.

Guests:
John Mercurio, Senior Editor, The Hotline
Jonathan Cohn, New Republic (@CitizenCohn)
Philip Klein, Washington Examiner (@philipaklein)
Tom Schaller, Professor of Political Science, University of Maryland

Main Topic Reforming the California Prison System 25 MIN, 22 SEC

A three-judge federal panel has found that California’s prisons are overcrowded to the point where inmates die almost on a daily basis. It’s ordered that prison populations be reduced. At the same time, a new state law has reformed the parole system. So-called "low risk" parolees won’t be supervised so intensely, which means they won’t be sent back to prison so often. The program started yesterday, and state officials insist that is not what some are calling "early release."

Guests:
Matthew Cate, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Justin Eisenberg, Captain, Los Angeles Police Department
Joan Petersilia, Stanford Criminal Justice Center

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