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Prison Crisis: Local Solution?


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The United States imprisons more people than any other country. But In California, the money is finally running short, and a new policy aims to reduce the number of people in state prison. It’s called ‘re-alignment’ and the state says its working. On this edition, Making Contact producer George Lavender investigates: is re-alignment the answer to the prison crisis? Could the incarceration nation finally be slowing down?

Thanks to the Omnia Foundation for partially funding this program.


Alisha Coleman, San Francisco County Jail inmate; Ruthie Wilson Gilmore, City University of New York Graduate Center professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Matthew Cate, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation secretary; Jennifer Prince, San Mateo County Women’s Jail inmate; Wendy Still, San Francisco Chief Probation officer; Don Horsley, San Mateo county supervisor; Greg Munks, San Mateo County sheriff; Daniel Macallair; Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice executive director; Emily Harris, Californians United for a Responsible Budget statewide coordinator.


For More Information:
Fired Up!
California Coalition for Women Prisoners
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
Californians United for a Responsible Budget
All of Us or None
Critical Resistance
Justice Now
A New Way of Life
Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis and opposition in Globalizing California by Ruthie Wilson Gilmore

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Prison Break: Realignment Inmates Enter Rehabilitation in S.F.


Ras K Dee “Mother Earth”
Ras K Dee “Smash the System”



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