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Which Way LA?

Publication Date: 
January 27, 2010
Source: 
KCRW News
Author: 
Warren Olney

Professor Joan Petersilia, an expert in parole reform and prisoner reintegration, talks to Warren Olney of KCRW about reforming the California prison system:

California's under a federal court order to give prisoners more humane treatment and the state's trying to save money. What will reducing the prison population mean for crime on the streets? We talk with the Secretary of Corrections and Rehabilitation and others. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, just one year ago, Democrats were talking about a new political era. Now, President Obama faces a nation of angry voters. We'll set the scene for his first address on the State of the Nation.

Banner image: Secretary Cate of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation responds to the three-judge panel's 40,000 inmate release order

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Reforming the California Prison System

A three-judge federal panel has found that California’s prisons are overcrowded to the point where inmates die almost on a daily basis. It’s ordered that prison populations be reduced. At the same time, a new state law has reformed the parole system. So-called "low risk" parolees won’t be supervised so intensely, which means they won’t be sent back to prison so often. The program started yesterday, and state officials insist that is not what some are calling "early release."

Guests:

Matthew Cate: Secretary, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Justin Eisenberg: Captain, Los Angeles Police Department

Joan Petersilia: Chair, Governor Schwarzenegger’s Rehabilitation Strike Team