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"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." - John 8:32
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Author:  B. Cayenne Bird
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Date:  October 24, 2006
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Corrupt Criminal Justice System Contributes to Over-Crowded Prisons
California's criminal justice system is corrupt arrest through parole.

This fourth-in-the-series column points to some key failings in California’s criminal justice system and to how the prevailing public concern for safety and tough-on-crime attitude feed into its increasingly corrupt culture, overfilling the prisons.

California's criminal justice system is corrupt arrest through parole. I wasn't born with these views, they are conclusions I've reached after having interviewed literally thousands of prisoners and their families over the past decade. I believe that my observations and recommendations contribute greatly to identifying why we have a prison crisis and what can be humanely done to reduce the prison population and stop the bloodshed. My own personal baptism in the fire through the loss of a precious loved one to the inhumanity of this destructive machine gives me an ability to provide a first person report in addition to the research of shattered lives that have touched mine. None of the corporate candidates are addressing these vital issues or making any real efforts for long term prison reform.Please paste this website address in your browser to read the rest of this commentary and proposed solutions to end the madness:

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=15182

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Biography - B. Cayenne Bird

B. Cayenne Bird is a 45-year veteran op-ed journalist and publisher. A descendant of Mary Todd Lincoln, and General Andrew Porter, she is passionate about human rights and criminal justice issues. A mother and grandmother with advanced degrees in Journalism, Liberal Studies, and Humanities (Cultural Anthropology) she has focused on prison reform making great strides in Calif. supporting the landmark Plata-Coleman case for a decade which resulted in major prison reform. She writes scholarly articles too but prefers op-eds.


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