Wed, Jan 9, 2013 -- 9:00 AM

California Challenges Federal Oversight of Prisons

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Inmates at Chino State Prison
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Inmates at Chino State Prison

Governor Jerry Brown has declared the prison emergency over in California. He has asked a federal court to lift the population cap it imposed on state prisons, and to remove federal oversight of inmate medical care. The governor says California has done enough to improve conditions in its prisons, and that further reducing the population would jeopardize public safety. We analyze the state's progress on prison reform and discuss the best path forward.

Host: Michael Krasny


  • Joan Petersilia, criminologist and co-director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center
  • Rebekah Evenson, staff attorney with the Prison Law Office
  • Terri McDonald, undersecretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

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