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California Faces Federal Judge on Prison Gridlock

Publication Date: 
September 18, 2009

Lecturer Kara Dansky, executive director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, was a guest on Morning Edition on NPR:

California is struggling to deal with its oversize prison population – the largest in the country.

"It's not the court's intention to micromanage the California prison system," says Kara Dansky, head of the Criminal Justice Center at Stanford. She says that the court really wants the state to come up with its own plan to reduce overcrowding, but that's going to be tough.

"The legislature really was not a friend to the Secretary of Corrections this past week, when it really didn't give the Secretary what he needed to go back to the court."