Prison Overcrowding http://kalw.org en Connecting the Dots: Afternoon Edition for Thursday, May 17, 2012 http://kalw.org/post/connecting-dots-afternoon-edition-thursday-may-17-2012 <p>(Sacramento Bee) // Just after it was revealed that California faces a budget deficit of $16 billion, how and when to pay crippling pension costs has become a major public debate. The California Public Employees&#39; Retirement System <a href="http://calpensions.com/2012/05/17/calpers-ignores-brown-delays-pension-payment/">voted to raise the annual state payment for state worker pensions</a> by $213 million to a total of $3.7 billion, despite Governor Jerry Brown&rsquo;s recommendation for an even bigger increase to avoid accruing more debt. Fri, 18 May 2012 06:59:06 +0000 Jordan Katz 10827 at http://kalw.org Connecting the Dots: Afternoon Edition for Thursday, May 17, 2012 Could bail reform bail out California’s overcrowded jails? http://kalw.org/post/could-bail-reform-bail-out-california-s-overcrowded-jails <p>At the moment, Austin Hills is wearing an orange t-shirt, orange pants, and wrist shackles. He&rsquo;s sitting in an interview room in the San Francisco County Jail in San Bruno.</p> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 21:48:42 +0000 Rina Palta 9859 at http://kalw.org Could bail reform bail out California’s overcrowded jails? Realignment funding formula not adding up in all counties http://kalw.org/post/realignment-funding-formula-not-adding-all-counties <p>Not too long ago, the men now sitting around a table at the Contra Costa Probation&nbsp;Office were in prison. &ldquo;I want to ask how long have you been in prison,&rdquo; Chief Adult&nbsp;Probation Officer Philip Kader asks them. They respond with three, six and even 12 times.</p> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 21:35:03 +0000 Nicole Jones 9857 at http://kalw.org Realignment funding formula not adding up in all counties Today on Your Call: What's next for prison reform? http://kalw.org/post/today-your-call-whats-next-prison-reform <p><span style="letter-spacing: 0px">On&nbsp;today&#39;s Your Call we&rsquo;ll talk about what&rsquo;s changing in California&rsquo;s prison system.&nbsp; The Occupy Movement drew&nbsp;attention to the prison industrial complex this week with a day of action called &ldquo;Occupy the Prisons.&rdquo;&nbsp; They are calling for an end to inhumane conditions for people behind bars.&nbsp; Meanwhile, the realignment process is underway in California-- where low-level offenders are being moved from prisons to county jails.&nbsp; Is this the best way to solve prison over-crowding? Wed, 22 Feb 2012 08:00:00 +0000 Ali Budner 6248 at http://kalw.org Today on Your Call: What's next for prison reform? California's prison population drops http://kalw.org/post/californias-prison-population-drops <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; ">The state came close to meeting its first court-imposed benchmark for reducing the prison population last week. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, readying its January 10 report to the federal court in the Northern District of California, announced it&rsquo;s currently operating at 169.2 percent of its designed capacity. Mon, 02 Jan 2012 19:53:29 +0000 Rina Palta 3719 at http://kalw.org California's prison population drops