City Visions California Prisons Governor Jerry Brown

Host: Joseph Pace

Producer: Lisa Denenmark 

In May of this year, the US Supreme Court deemed California’s prisons to be dangerously overcrowded. Concern about inhumane conditions that violate the eighth amendment led to the mandate that California reduce its prison population by up to forty thousand by the year 2014.

Governor Jerry Brown’s response, AB 109, also known as “realignment”, went into effect on October 1st. It diverts low-level offenders and parole violators from state prisons to county jails.