Transcript: CA Sen. Loni Hancock on the alternative proposal to reduce prison overcrowding – Aug. 30, 2013

Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Oakland). IMAGE SOURCE: CalChannel.com

Partial transcript of remarks by California Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Oakland), Chair of the Senate Public Safety Committee, on an alternative proposal to reduce prison overcrowding. The press briefing was held on Aug. 30, 2013: 

…Having been to prisons across this state on prison trips led by CCPOA and prison trips led by Human Rights Watch, having talked to virtually every expert in academia and in the world about our prison conundrum in California, I am delighted to endorse this proposal that’s being put forward by the Senate Democratic Caucus.

Let me repeat: No early release of prisoners. This proposal meets the criteria set by the Governor and the other legislative leaders who spoke yesterday. But it goes a step further. It offers hope of ending the downward spiral of crime, incarceration, and less and less money for anything else that the people of California want and need.

We have to afford the schools our children need, the jobs created by road and infrastructure repair – the things that people want not simply continuing to buy more prison cells.

This approach will require unprecedented cooperation, leadership, and vision. It will require thinking outside the box by the prison attorneys, who have won virtually every case brought against this state – all the way to the United States Supreme Court. It will take the judges. It will take the administration. And it will take the legislature.

We believe we can do it now. We believe that it is sensible and prudent, smart on crime and good for the people of California, and it will stop us from putting more – hundreds of millions of dollars into programs that have failed in the past but instead will invest in a program that has been proven to work…

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