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Prisons in Crisis

Publication Date: 
August 13, 2009
Source: 
On-Point Radio
Author: 
Tom Ashbrook

Kara Dansky, executive director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, was a guest on "On Point with Tom Ashbrook" to discuss the riot at the California Institution for Men in Chino, Calif., on Aug. 11, 2009. Audio is available. The segment covered these issues:

The scene at the prison in Chino, California last weekend was bloody mayhem and riot.

For four hours, in a prison stuffed to double its capacity, inmates rampaged out of control, fighting with shards of glass and broken water pipes, burning down a dorm, leaving 175 prisoners injured and 55 in hospital.

The United States has by far the highest incarceration rate in the world. Now, in deep recession, California and many other states are not sure they can afford it. Some are letting prisoners go.

This hour, On Point: The Chino prison riot, and its message on American incarceration.