An Overview of California's Failing Prisons

Monday, October 19, 2009 | |

California has the largest prison system in the nation, and by many measures, the most troubled. Problems include severe overcrowding, spiraling costs, and health care so poor federal judges have ruled it amounts to “cruel and unusual punishment”. Today we begin our series “Criminal Neglect: California’s Failing Prison System” with an overview of the state of California’s prisons. Christopher Martinez files this report.