Opposition to Expanding Media Access to State Prison

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

CDCR Registers Last Minute Opposition to Expanding Media Access to State Prisons

by prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity

From CURB: Californians for a Responsible Budget

July 23rd, 2012


Sacramento: The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is formally opposing AB 1270 (Ammiano), legislation that would increase transparency and media access to California’s notorious state prison system, citing cost as their main concern.


“We do not share CDCR’s belief that increasing transparency in prison operations would have adverse budget consequences, as they suggested in their letter of opposition last week," said Karen Shain, Policy Director for Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and member organization of the grassroots coalition Californians United for a Responsible Budget which is sponsoring the bill.  Shain continues, "Although CDCR claims that the media regulations are currently open enough, there are still glaring gaps that must be addressed to ensure that media can properly depict the conditions within our prisons. This begs the question of what CDCR has to hide.”

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