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Reducing Calif. Prison Population

While the latest Supreme Court decision has confused many people, your explanation is very welcome. What is very SAD, is that no one is telling the inmates they get to wait another year, that their hopes for decreased crowding is "on hold," that their hopes to see a doctor is now on "telemed".... yes I interviewed an inmate yesterday in Avenal who saw a psychiatrist via telemed in Sacramento.... there is no longer a doctor available or a psychiatrist available on sight at this facility in the Avenal Prison... inmates are seen via telemed. Of course, this costs a lot more than paying a doctor... but a year of seeing no doctors? The California public needs to know of this kind of care. Worse, the inmates haven't had ANY EXPLANATION of what the policies are now or will be during 2010 in this "holding pattern."

January 24, 2010 at 8:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Cost Of Life In Prison

The inmate who wants a transfer to an out-of-state facility CANNOT be moved if he has any health problems. That means that we can only send the WELL ONES out to privatized prisons. We keep packing in the prisoners into tighter and tighter facilities, they get sicker and sicker and we Californians keep paying the higher and higher bills.

Is anyone in Sacramento listening?

January 21, 2010 at 9:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Health Care Costs Rising As Calif. Prison Population Ages

The media is responsible for "whipping up a frenzy" that causes people to vote for draconian sentencing. It is time to wake up and smell the stench of what we Californians have created.

January 21, 2010 at 9:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Life In Prison: Harriet Salarno, A Victim Speaks

Wow.... let "her" without sin cast the first stone.... Please, Mrs. Salarno, let this hurt you've allowed to fester.... let it go. People make terrible mistakes. They also learn by making mistakes. We all do. Your mistake is holding on to this hurt. Let it go.

January 16, 2010 at 8:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Life In Prison: California Medical Facility

Wow! this is a great media presentation... well edited, well presented. I'll bookmark this page to send to all my friends. It is a travesty that we have no compassion to release old and infirm inmates. It is equally a travesty that we give long and difficult sentences to those who are NON-violent.

I just can't understand why ALL prisoners (even consensual teenagers) connected with sex offenses are labelled in California as violent offenders.... Let's start with sentence reform.

If we lock up ONLY the ones who are truly dangerous, then perhaps there would be enough money to help rehabilitate them and the recidivism would go down. Let the others go free. Those of us on the outside who lock inmates into these crowded prisons are the ABUSERS, not those who are on the inside.

January 12, 2010 at 11:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

15 Years After 'Three Strikes' Law, Calif. Prisons Packed

Just follow the money..... which politicians are taking the money from the unions that want more work for their guards and all that work for the Cal. Dept. of Corrections and Revenge (CDCr)

Wake up California. We need a new Constitution. Throw out the present legislators.... they are unable to think clearly with all that CDCr money in their pockets

October 9, 2009 at 9:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Prison Crisis: Overcrowded And Unconstitutional

Thank you, thank you. This topic has been difficult to follow and you've presented it with enough historical perspective and enough interviews to validate this as the "best article on prison reform" I've seen in a long time. I'm sending this link to everyone I know.
The comments of EJOTY and Pray4Peace are outstanding. Perhaps the Assembly members who are afraid to look "soft on crime" ought to realize they've lost a lot of votes from the 6 million of us out here who are related to or know and love a prisoner of this state.

October 6, 2009 at 10:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )