By Emily Harris
Californians United for a Responsible Budget
If the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) public relations are successful, people across the state are thinking that the CDCR has finally got the message: our prison system is too big, too expensive, and locks up way too many people.
Last week, the CDCR released a master plan for the state’s prison system, ambitiously called “The Future of California’s Corrections,” that was touted as an outline of drastic shifts in how CDCR will operate the prison system to reduce its size and budget impacts. A closer look reveals a few positive changes and a lot more business as usual.