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A top prison expert on the California ‘disaster’ and how to save it | State and Region

At the end of a year in which Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed several bills that would have fundamentally changed the way California prisons operate, CalMatters conducted a Q&A with the recipient of the 2022 law Stockholm Prize in Criminologywhich the Institute of International Studies at Stanford University “Equivalent to the Nobel Prize in criminology”.

That recipient, Francis Cullen, is a past President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and his research has been cited ten thousand times. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has brought him in to speak before its administrators, particularly regarding community correctional programs.

Cullen spoke about how California went from being an international model for rehabilitation to a cautionary tale. Among his thoughts: This state needs to learn the difference between liberal and stupid.

Franz Cullen

Francis Cullen, recipient of the 2022 Stockholm Prize in Criminology.

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