This video provides a unique overview of California’s prison problem.  California’s philosophy appears to be lock them up and throw away the key.  The bulk of California’s prisoners are imprisoned for non-violent drug offenses.  The Three Strikes Law is briefly examined, along with so-called ‘mandatory sentencing’ guidelines.  Simply throwing money at the problem — hiring more prison guards and building more prisons — is not only a waste of money but, more importantly, doesn’t work.


About Christopher Zoukis, MBA

Christopher Zoukis, MBA, is the Managing Director of the Zoukis Consulting Group, a federal prison consultancy that assists attorneys, federal criminal defendants, and federal prisoners with prison preparation, in-prison matters, and reentry. His books include Directory of Federal Prisons (Middle Street Publishing, 2020), Federal Prison Handbook (Middle Street Publishing, 2017), Prison Education Guide (PLN Publishing, 2016), and College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons (McFarland & Company, 2014).

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  1. Jake J on July 17, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Of all places, California's way of dealing with crime is ridiculous. One of the most forward thinking states in the country can't figure out how to handle its criminals and its barely criminals. California has a responsibility to do better.

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