Using Prison Education to Fight Recidivism in California

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This year, both liberals and conservatives have agreed that it's time to end the "mass incarceration" produced by the "crackdown on crime" of 20 years ago. KCRW is exploring how California is handling the "re-entry" of prisoners back into society. Our producer Jenny Hamel went behind bars to report on an educational program that offers everything from vocational courses to higher education. We also hear about recent legislation that has the State getting into the act.

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Photo courtesy of the Prison Education Project