realignment

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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2:48pm

Mon April 30, 2012
Cops & Courts

Could bail reform bail out California’s overcrowded jails?

Image courtesy of Flickr user http://www.flickr.com/photos/spike55151/

A note to our readers: the names of incarcerated men in this story have been changed to protect their identities.

At the moment, Bill Johnson 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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2:38pm

Wed March 21, 2012
Afternoon News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The personal trials and political tribulations of San Francisco County Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi are getting plenty of attention at present, but county jails are in the news for another reason. California prison realignment is shifting inmates from state to county facilities, which are receiving $1.2 billion to help with the transition.

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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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