Legislation would greatly improve media access and increase transparency in one of the largest state prison systems.
The California prison system is massive and overcrowded. It was designed to hold just over 84,000 prisoners. It holds nearly double that amount. Its annual budget is somewhere in the ballpark of $10 billion. We know these broad strokes about the penal system, but much about the day-to-day conditions and workings remains shrouded because the California prison system is also very short on transparency due to a media ban that effectively silences activist prisoners and stymies investigation.