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Today on Your Call: What's next for prison reform?


On today's Your Call we’ll talk about what’s changing in California’s prison system.  The Occupy Movement drew attention to the prison industrial complex this week with a day of action called “Occupy the Prisons.”  They are calling for an end to inhumane conditions for people behind bars.  Meanwhile, the realignment process is underway in California-- where low-level offenders are being moved from prisons to county jails.  Is this the best way to solve prison over-crowding?   Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org.  It’s Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.


Rina Palta, criminal justice reporter for KALW News and author of the blog, The Informant

Margaret Dooley-Sammuli, criminal justice & drug policy senior policy advocate with ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties

Terry Thornton, deputy press secretary for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Isaac Ontiveros, communications director at Critical Resistance


National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners

Occupy the Prisons

What is realignment?

Explaining big changes in the California prison system

Community Safety, Community Solutions

Implementing AB 109: Enhancing Public Safety, Saving Money and Wisely Allocating Limited Jail Space

California invests millions in new jails to deal with overcrowding

Mumia’s message to the Feb. 20th Occupy the Prisons Events

Q&A: CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate Discusses Prisons, Health Care and Realignment

REGION: Local ACLU creates criminal justice watchdog job

California’s Changing Prison Population (statistics)

'Occupy San Quentin' Protest Draws Hundreds

Californians United for a Responsible Budget


Ali Budner came to KALW as a volunteer reporter with Crosscurrents in early 2009, then joined the Your Call team as a producer in March of 2010. She loves the dynamic daily interactions of live radio and the inspiring guests and listeners that Your Call attracts. She still makes stories for Crosscurrents in her free time.