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Inmates in a recreation yard at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. California is trying to address court-ordered reductions in overcrowding with a plan to shift thousands of those convicted of "nonserious" crimes to county jails. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Freeing Up California's Prisons: A Massive Undertaking

California's strategy for reducing its prison population involves shifting more responsibility for recurring and ex-offenders on local communities.

Mike Birbiglia started his career as a server and fill-in comic at a comedy club in college. Charles Sykes/Invision/AP hide caption

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My Big Break

To Mike Birbiglia's Parents: It's OK If Your Son Sticks To Comedy

For comic Mike Birbiglia, getting his parents to accept his career choice was the hardest part of getting started. Appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman seemed to signal he wasn't so bad.

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With Sobering Science, Doctor Debunks 12-Step Recovery

The approach made popular by Alcoholics Anonymous doesn't work for most people, according to psychiatrist Lance Dodes. In fact, he says, the steps can actually be harmful to the majority of addicts.

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