Prison Overcrowding

11:59pm

Thu May 17, 2012
Politics, connecting the dots

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon Edition for Thursday, May 17, 2012

(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' Retirement System voted to raise the annual state payment for state worker pensions by $213 million to a total of $3.7 billion, despite Governor Jerry Brown’s recommendation for an even bigger increase to avoid accruing more debt.

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2:48pm

Mon April 30, 2012
Cops & Courts

Could bail reform bail out California’s overcrowded jails?

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At the moment, Austin Hills is wearing an orange t-shirt, orange pants, and wrist shackles. He’s sitting in an interview room in the San Francisco County Jail in San Bruno.

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2:35pm

Mon April 30, 2012
Cops & Courts

Realignment funding formula not adding up in all counties

Not too long ago, the men now sitting around a table at the Contra Costa Probation Office were in prison. “I want to ask how long have you been in prison,” Chief Adult Probation Officer Philip Kader asks them. They respond with three, six and even 12 times.

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12:00am

Wed February 22, 2012
Prison reform

Today on Your Call: What's next for prison reform?

On today's Your Call we’ll talk about what’s changing in California’s prison system.  The Occupy Movement drew attention to the prison industrial complex this week with a day of action called “Occupy the Prisons.”  They are calling for an end to inhumane conditions for people behind bars.  Meanwhile, the realignment process is underway in California-- where low-level offenders are being moved from prisons to county jails.  Is this the best way to solve prison over-crowding?

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11:53am

Mon January 2, 2012
Cops & Courts

California's prison population drops

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’s currently operating at 169.2 percent of its designed capacity. That number nearly hits the 167-percent figure the court demanded California meet by December 27, 2011.

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