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California Prisons Put New Focus on Rehabilitation

Despite an $8 billion deficit, California is investing in its troubled prison system. The new prison director is using innovative and inexpensive techniques including using volunteers to refocus prisons on rehabilitation rather than punishment.

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Richard Gonzales is NPR's National Desk Correspondent based in San Francisco. Along with covering the daily news of region, Gonzales' reporting has included medical marijuana, gay marriage, drive-by shootings, Jerry Brown, Willie Brown, the U.S. Ninth Circuit, the California State Supreme Court and any other legal, political, or social development occurring in Northern California relevant to the rest of the country.