Are California's Prisons Ready to Explode?

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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.


Steve Fama - Staff attorney with the Prison Law Office, Lance Corcoran - Spokesman for the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, Gloria Romero - California Center for Parent Empowerment - @GloriaJRomero, Marc Mauer - Sentencing Project - @SentencingProj

Jim Sterngold

Karen Radziner, Christian Bordal