Friday, September 28, 2012

Criminal Justice Reformers Say Prison Realignment has Failed

Criminal justice reformers say California’s prison realignment plan has failed to solve the problem of over-incarceration. The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California assessed realignment one year after it was launched. It says counties across the state have been shuffling inmates into local jails only to ask for more money for additional beds. Critics of the plan’s implementation say stubborn politicians and law enforcement unions pose the biggest obstacle to necessary and meaningful criminal justice reform. Pacifica KPFK’s Ernesto Arce has more from Los Angeles.