California leads the nation with the highest percentage of prisoners serving for life, which critics say is an economic drain on the state. Continue reading
60 to 70 percent of former inmates fail to land a job in their first year out of prison, according to the Justice Department. A new documentary called “the Return” chronicles the struggle of ex-convicts as they look for work, try to restore relationships and cope with other problems. NewsHour special correspondent Alison Stewart spoke with the directors, Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway.
The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday to uphold California’s controversial "three strikes" rule which mandates an extended prison sentence for defendants convicted of three serious or violent felonies. Continue reading