Mag Blogger: CA ‘A Penal Colony With A Nice Coastline’


Blogging about the latest California prison crisis for Mother Jones magazine, Kevin Drum writes, “A combination of dumb drug laws, dysfunctional parole policies, ‘three strikes’ laws passed by initiative, an endless procession of tougher-than-thou politicians, and a famously thuggish and politically powerful prison guards union has gotten California into this mess.”

Mother Jones has covered the American prison system’s problems extensively in recent years, and Drum has described California as “a penal colony with a nice coastline.” His blog entry includes a link to Mother Jones’ recent prison package, “Slammed: The Coming Prison Meltdown.”

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