It has been almost a year since California began overhauling its overcrowded prison system. The goal: to shed more than 30,000 inmates from in-state prisons and cut the prison budget. But critics in law enforcement and elsewhere fear the reforms may lead to higher crime. As part of the KQED News series “Prison Break,” we’ll discuss the realignment program. How has it fared so far?
Matthew Cate, secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Michael Montgomery, reporter for KQED News and public safety reporter for California Watch
Dan Macallair, executive director and co-founder of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
Allen Hopper, criminal justice and drug policy director for the ACLU of Northern California