Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 27, 2007
California's prison system has been condemned in a 400 page report that to this day has been basically concealed from the public. The report, of the Corrections Independent Review Panel cost the State over a million dollars and took five months of intensive investigations to complete, was presented to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Department of Corrections in June of 2004.
The Full Disclosure Network™ presents a ten minute video featuring Joe Gunn, Executive Director of the Corrections Independent Review Panel who told FDN host Leslie Dutton "the prison system is in chaos, a disaster and total disarray". This is the second in a series of FDN video news blogs covering the ongoing crisis in California's jail and prison system. Viewers are invited to participate in an online opinion survey and to leave their comments for discussion. The video news blog is FREE and can be found at the following URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/Blogs/42.php available 24/7, on demand as a public service of the Full Disclosure Network™. DVDs of the series are available for purchase
Chairing the Review Panel was former California Governor George Deukmejian, appointed by the Governor to investigate the Department of Corrections with the assistance of a cadre of law enforcement experts representing many agencies and associations. Here is a link to the Executive Summary posted on the California Department of Corrections website at the following URL (http://cpr.ca.gov/report/indrpt/corr/execsum/execsumm.htm)
Here are a few of the many points covered in the video and report:
- The panel spent months reviewing reports and materials from Office of Inspector General, Little Hoover Commission and State Auditor.
- Interviewed current and former members of Governor's Staff, State Legislators, current and former members of Department of Corrections staff, California Youth Authority, Office of Inspector General staff, members of the Little Hoover Commission, leadership of the CCPOA (prison guards association), experts in the field and concerned citizens, totaling 470 people altogether.
- The panel presented 239 recommendations to reform the state's correctional system.
- Listed as some of the major problems are: Ethics, "code of silence", Union/labor contracts and influence over management, union campaign donations, use of force, accountability, and youthful offenders.
Known as THE NEWS BEHIND THE NEWS the Full Disclosure Network™ is seen on 43 cable systems and the Internet website at http://www.fulldisclosure.net In 2002 the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented host Leslie Dutton with an Emmy for the 2001 public affairs series entitled "L.A.'s War Against Terrorism" featuring LAPD Chief Bernard Parks, L.A. County Sheriff Leroy Baca, L.A. City Councilman Mark Ridley Thomas and Police Union Director, LAPD Captain Ken Hillman. Channels and airtimes can be found on the website at http://www.fulldisclosure.net