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California Corrections Reform Advocates Push For Incarceration Alternatives

Aired 12/9/13 on KPBS News.

Advocates for overhauling the corrections system are asking California officials to look at alternatives to incarceration as they consider how best to use bond revenue meant to reduce prison overcrowding.

Advocates for overhauling the corrections system are asking California officials to look at alternatives to incarceration as they consider how best to use bond revenue meant to reduce prison overcrowding.

About $500 million in bond money will come available in the New Year to counties for jail facility upgrades and expansion. Mary Sutton with Californians United for a Responsible Budget said counties should focus on crime prevention.

“There’s plenty of money through realignment to invest in programming, services, housing, jobs, youth centers, rehabilitation, detox centers.”

California is under federal order to reduce its prison population by 9,000. An Assembly committee has held a series of hearings on reducing recidivism.

“It’s almost become cliché that we spend more money on prisons than we do on schools and I think that is finally registering with the public,” Assemblymember Tom Ammiano. said

Ammiano and Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer will hold their next select committee hearing January in Los Angeles.

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Avatar for user 'Pray4Peace'

Pray4Peace | December 9, 2013 at 9:36 p.m. ― 9 months, 3 weeks ago


It is so much wiser economically and for compassion to spend money on programming, services, housing, jobs, youth centers, rehabilitation, and detox centers than to expand jails and prisons, and fund more for-profit, corporation prisons.

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Avatar for user 'COEnygaard'

COEnygaard | December 11, 2013 at 9:09 p.m. ― 9 months, 3 weeks ago

People meed to realize this. I think that its easy to point the finger at someone and say oh they are in a gang, he is a criminal, etc.

People are people and if we took the time to create preventative solutions to criminal activity change could be facilitated.

Prisons are closets where we hide our social issues.

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