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Old 01-18-2010, 02:12 AM
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Thumbs up No Easy Answers to Fixing State's overcrowded Prison System

No Easy Answers to Fixing State's Overcrowded Prison System

San Diego KPBS Radio Show

Maureen Cavanaugh, Hank Crook
These Days | Wednesday, August 19, 2009


A panel of federal judges earlier this month issued an unprecedented ruling about California's prisons because, they say, inadequate medical facilities and overcrowding are putting prisons in violation of the 8th Amendment. California has been ordered to lower its prison population by 40,000 inmates over the next two years. Almost on cue to underscore the judges ruling, Chino prison erupted in violence. A riot, reportedly racially motivated, injured 175 inmates, some critically. Two housing units at the prison were destroyed by fire. State officials say they do not have the money during these hard times either to build more prisons or expand medical facilities. But California says it will appeal the order to cut the inmate population to the US Supreme Court. How did it get to the point that California prisons are found to be places of cruel and unusual punishment? And, what will our cash-strapped state do to fix its prisons, or to help former prisoners assimilate into society?


I found this while surfing. It was from August but it's worth a listen.

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