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California Prison Realignment

Publication Date: 
July 29, 2011
Forum with Michael Krasny
Host: Scott Shafer

Professor Joan Petersilia joined four others in the "Forum with Michael Krasny" which focused on California Prison Realignment.

Beginning in October, California will reduce its prison population by moving thousands of low-level non-violent offenders to counties. The move comes on the heels of a court order to reduce the population of the state's overcrowded prisons. But are counties ready to take on these inmates?


David Kuge, chief probation officer with Kern County Probation
David Muhammad, chief probation officer for Alameda County
Jim Nielsen, California State assemblymember (R) and former chairman of the Board of Prison Terms
Joan Petersilia, criminologist and co-director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center
Matthew Cate, secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation