Monthly Archives: September 2013

Response to the State of California’s Prisons

ImageIn 1982, I was the lobbyist for the Friends Committee on Legislation, a Quaker sponsored advocacy group.  Jerry Brown was ending his first term as Governor. One of the most detrimental pieces of legislation that was passed at that time was the authorization of the construction of Tehachapi prison, the first prison to be authorized in 100 years in California.  This authorization opened the flood gates of what was to be the worst investment that California has ever made as it paved the way for the massive prison construction effort that followed. Continue reading