9:33am

Wed December 14, 2011
Prison reform

Today on Your Call: Can diverse groups join to reform prisons?

Can people from different political backgrounds come together to work for prison reform? On today's Your Call, we'll have a conversation about various efforts to reform the prison system in the US. Today, 2.3 million prisoners are in US jails, costing more than $44 billion. In California, more money is spent on prisons than education. What will it take to reform the system? How are groups with different political backgrounds joining forces? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you. 

Guests: 

Robert Perkinson, assistant professor of American Studies at the University of Hawaii, and the author of Texas Tough: The Rise of Amerca's Prison Empire 

Tim Cavanaugh, managing editor of Reason.com, the website for Reason Magazine

Craig DeRoche, director of external affairs for Prison Fellowship

 

Resources:

Prison Fellowship

Julia Reynolds, Monterey Herald: Conservatives eye criminal justice spending

Tim Cavanaugh, Reason.com: The Golden State's Iron Bars: How California prison guards became the country's most powerful union 

Veronique de Rugy, Reason.com: The Facts about American Prisons: Separating economic myths from economic truths

Michael King, The Austin Chronicle: Author traces Texas prison system from its roots in plantation slavery, an interview with historian Robert Perkinson

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