Last login: Saturday, January 2, 2010
On December 31, 2009 contractors throughout the state were notified programs were terminated indefinately in all prisons in California. With no advance warning or preparations our students have been left hanging without any services or contact with program staff. Those that were in treatment last week will have nothing this week. Those that wanted to change their lives and were learning how to do that now have noone to show them how to be successful. Those that believed in a program that promised to help them change their old habits are going to feel betrayed because there will be noone there to encourage them. We don't know how long this will go on but isn't it time State government officials stop playing with the lives, families and futures of inmates. January 1, 2010 was suppose to be the first day under a new law signed by Schwarzenegger in October giving inmates up to 6 weeks off their sentences for successfully participating in programs. December 31, 2009 they pulled the plug on those programs. How upset do you think those inmates who were looking forward to earning time off are going to be when they find out the programs are not going to be there next week. How many fights, riots, assaults are going to be related to taking away their opportunity? How are prison staff going to react to the heightened level of anxiety, tension, frustration, anger that will be left in the wake? If we are not allowed to go back to work for 4 to 6 weeks or longer are there going to be lawsuits filed by the inmates who are being denied early release due to the new law. Whatever the reason for pulling these programs those who are responsible need to look into the residual effects of their actions and how they are going to deal with these questions. I hope they have better answers to the new problems caused by cutting programs. I don't think cutting programs was the answer to anything.
January 2, 2010 at 6:31 a.m.
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