California has one of the highest prison populations in the country. Of the two million people serving time in prisons in the U.S, more than 130,000 of them are incarcerated in our state - a system designed to house 80,000. In response to that overcrowding, the federal government has ordered the state to cut the prison population by about a quarter.
Re-entering after time behind bars is some of the most volatile time for recovery. A recent California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation report shows that within three years, over 60% of inmates recidivate, or re-offend, and return to prison within the first six months of their release.
California was recently granted an extension to meet the federal government's mandate to reduce its prison population. That extension came with specific requirements, for example, the federal court ordered the state to incorporate more programs like San Francisco's Re-entry Pod to help prepare inmates for release. KALW's Holly Kernan sat down with San Francisco's Chief Adult Probation Officer Wendy Still to discuss some of the changes.