Prisons, Jails and Alternative Punishments

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The US Supreme Court has ruled that California's overcrowded prisons constitute cruel and unusual punishment. To reduce the population, Governor Brown and the legislature enacted "realignment," which provides that non-serious, non-violent, non-child abuse convicts be sentenced to county jails. That's where parole violators are going now, too. But the state prisons are still not emptying out fast enough, and three appellate court judges are threatening to order that inmates be released early. The goal is a population that's 137 percent of prison capacity. On Friday, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the CDCR, has been asked to tell the judges how it plans to achieve that by June of next year.


Matthew Cate - California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Drew Soderborg - California Legislative Analyst's Office, Curtis J. Hill - California State Sheriffs' Association (formerly), Hanna Dershowitz - ACLU of Southern California

Warren Olney

Christian Bordal, Caitlin Shamberg, Evan George