California Prisons: Mercy or Madness?

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"If we can't start with a quadriplegic, where can we start?" That's the question from San Francisco's Democratic Assemblyman Mark Leno, who wrote the new law providing that inmates who are incapacitated should be released on humanitarian grounds and to save money.  But last week, at its first opportunity, the State Parole Board said "no" to a man whose spine was severed in a prison fight, so he can't move either his arms or his legs.  His family has agreed to provide care and to pay for it.

Note: The Parole Board refused our request to participate in today's program.




Warren Olney