Go ahead, give ’em a hard time

Want to know why the state’s prisons are so screwed up, and what Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is fixin’ to do about it?

The Governor’s Office will hold a live, interactive video Web discussion at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on California’s prison crisis and Schwarzenegger’s proposed reforms to reduce overcrowding; members of the public can submit questions in advance at www.gov.ca.gov/ask, and then tune in to the same site tomorrow to view the live forum.

Panelists will include Tom Sawyer, the governor’s public safety liaison; Susan Fisher, the governor’s Crime Victim Advocate; and Kathy Jett, whom the governor recently named to take over the prison system’s “$1 billion failure” substance-abuse treatment programs.

UPDATE @ 2:36 p.m. Tuesday: Listen here to what the governor had to say today after touring the overcrowded California Rehabilitation Center in Norco.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.