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Prison-reform activists target Perata

By Josh Richman
Monday, May 21st, 2007 at 3:49 pm in Arnold Schwarzenegger, California State Senate, Don Perata, Sacramento.

Prison-reform activists unhappy with the state’s $7.4 billion plan to build 53,000 new prison and jail beds will focus their ire upon state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, with a protest at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday outside his district office at 1515 Clay St. in Oakland.

Organized by Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) — a statewide coalition of a few dozen groups calling for curbing prison spending by reducing the number of people in prison and closing prisons — the protestors are piqued that the Democrat-dominated Legislature and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger struck this deal without public hearings and debate, and the Legislature had no bill language before its vote. The deal doesn’t include adequate resources for rehabilitation efforts, they say.

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  • Pray4Peace

    An offical from Donovan state prison in San Diego announced on a radio show that their rehab, drug, and education programs reduced the recidivism rate from 70% to 21%.

    That saved us taxpayers a lot of money in incarceration cost from those who would have returned to prison.

    More important, it helped prevent new crime and new victims.

    Turning ex-offenders out of prison without the proven rehab and training programs in a world where few employers will hire them and few landlords will rent to them make no sense at all.