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16 March 2011

The Toughest Beat: Politics, Punishment and the Prison Officers Union in California

For the week of March 20th, 2011

Guest: Joshua Page, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota

Issues: The prison population in America; The interest groups that sustain prison population in some states; Conflicts of interests between the California prison officers’ union and their lobbying work; The politics of prison reform; Why incarceration rates in Minnesota are so comparably low; How to make prison reform a reality

Part 1

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Part 2

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