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Life In Prison: The Cost Of Punishment

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Video published January 25, 2010 | Download MP4 | View transcript

Above: This 30-minute documentary explores the cost of California’s "tough on crime" legislation. It gives you an inside look into three state prisons, including the California Medical Facility. CMF houses the oldest and sickest inmates in the state.

Aging Inmates

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