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'Three Strikes' Law Packs California Prisons

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'Three Strikes' Law Packs California Prisons

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'Three Strikes' Law Packs California Prisons

'Three Strikes' Law Packs California Prisons

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The "three strikes and you're out" legislation in California has crowded the state's prison system beyond capacity.

To accommodate the bulging population, inmates are being housing in prison gymnasiums. To maintain order, the understaffed guards segregate inmates along racial lines.

The overcrowding has gotten to the point where courts are considering ordering the prisons to release some of the prisoners. However, many of these inmates have not received any rehabilitation or vocational training to prepare them for the outside world.

As a result, many former prisoners end up back behind bars.

Ted Koppel talks to Madeleine Brand about his Discovery Channel documentary that examines the issue.