10/4/07 California Prisons and Wesley Clark

from the New York Times.  Read the accompanying article here.

California is one of those places that sets trends.  Making restaurants smoke free…the fitness craze…”green living” and nutrition.  And if you think about it, they also show us what problems the rest of the country can expect.  Illegal immigration, water shortages, gang activity, a real estate market more and more people are getting priced out of….California began to struggle with these problems before anyone else.

 With that in mind we were interested when we heard about a documentary that will air on the Discovery Channel on Sunday at 9pm called Breaking Point.  It is an investigation into the problems of overcrowding in California prisons.  Those prisons were built to house about 100,000 people.  Today they have more than 170,000 inmates.  Prisoners are being segregated by race and gang affiliation in an attempt to keep some kind of peace.  Inmates are sleeping on cots in hallways and gyms.  And it costs as much to house, clothe, and feed a prisoner each year as it does to send someone to Harvard.

We’ll talk with Ted Koppel who hosted and produced this documentary, and James Blue, an award w

inning producer who worked on the documentary who just happens to live in Baltimore!

and then….

“I’m coming for you, WYPR.”

He’s not seeking the Democratic nomination for President of the United States this time around, but he still has a LOT to say about leadership, citizenship, and politics in America.  Marc talks with retired General Wesley Clark about his new book A Time to Lead: For Duty, Honor and Country.

-Jessica

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