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Living in Captivity

Monday, October 01, 2007

Ted Koppel, senior news analyst for National Public Radio, looks at strains on the California prison system. Koppel's documentary Breaking Point will air on the Discovery Channel on October 7th at 9pm ET/PT.

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Comments [6]

kevin from nyc

Why the complaining about the prison population? I'd rather have them stuffed to the rafters than out on the street. I'd prefer one strike and you're out. If we need bigger prisons and more correction officers, then fine.

Here's a simple way to stay out of jail--don't commit crimes!

Oct. 01 2007 04:23 PM
Ross Schneiderman from Ridgefield, CT

Will this interview/discussion be available on podcast?

Oct. 01 2007 12:25 PM
rick from brooklyn

great topic, however the prison problem goes way beyond 3 strikes and your out. The general mentality of punishing and not rehabilitating convicts as well as obviously the drug war are responsible for the whole mess.

more than half of prisoners are there for drug related offenses.

Oct. 01 2007 11:15 AM
Ryan from NYC

While you note on the show that the United States has a higher percentage of criminals per capita relative especially developing countries, does this not reflect a strong rule of law in America (especially compared to China and India where corruption is widespread)?

I would like to know how America compares to other developed countries (Europe, Canada, etc.) in such percentages.

Oct. 01 2007 11:14 AM
Moshe from Newark

How much do illegal aliens contribute to prison overcrowding? Would deportation of illegal aliens and stopping the inflow of more of them help to reduce prison overcrowding?

Oct. 01 2007 11:12 AM
Michael Winslow from Inwood

Ted come back to Nightline.

It's just not the same without you.

In fact it stinks.

Oct. 01 2007 11:07 AM

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