CDCR

7:26pm

Wed March 20, 2013
Cops & Courts

CDCR responds to parole criticism

Last week, we aired a commentary by Richard Gilliam, who is an inmate at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo. We asked the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for a reply. Here’s what Public Information Officer Bill Sessa had to say.

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6:21pm

Mon March 11, 2013
Cops & Courts

Go inside the prison that houses Charles Manson

After being cleared at the second checkpoint, we then passed through this exterior sally port.

It’s early. About 5 in the morning and I’m heading south on Highway 5 toward Corcoran, a farming town of about 24,000 people. However, that population count is misleading. About half of the people living in Corcoran are locked up in two of the state’s largest prisons just south of downtown.

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3:49pm

Wed September 26, 2012
Cops & Courts

Dispatches from the Inside: Rehabilitation needs are not being met for California prisoners

Credit Credit California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation

Richard Gilliam is incarcerated at the California Men's Colony (CMC).

August 27, 2012

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4:47pm

Mon June 25, 2012
Cops & Courts

Serving time on the fire line

Cal Fire

It’s summer in California, which means fire season is in full force – and it could be the worst one in years. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, better known as CAL FIRE, responds to more than 5,000 wildfires each year. They protect more than 31 million acres of California’s privately-owned wildlands and provide emergency services for most of the state’s counties.

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5:43pm

Mon May 7, 2012
Cops & Courts

Prison Realignment & Public Safety: Interview with Matthew Cate

Matthew Cate, Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Thirty years ago, the state spent three percent of its general fund dollars on corrections and prisons. Today it spends more than 11 percent – that’s $10 billion running the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. 

In 2011, when Governor Brown took office, he inherited a massive corrections problem. The state's 33 prisons were at nearly 200 percent capacity, and the recidivism rate was running at 70 percent. The federal courts stepped in and ordered California to reduce its overcrowded prisons by more than 30,000 people.

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