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Reforming the California Prison System

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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."

Credits

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

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Christian Bordal, Andrea Brody