The Full Disclosure Network™ presents this ten minute video presentation featuring Joe Gunn, Executive Director of the Corrections Independent Review Panel who told FDN host Leslie Dutton the prison system was in “chaos, a disaster and total disarray”. This is the second in a series of FDN video news blogs covering the ongoing crisis in California’s jail and prison system. DVDs of the series are available for purchase.
Here are a few of the many points covered in the video and report:
- The panel spent months reviewing reports and materials from Office of Inspector General, Little Hoover Commission, State Auditor.
- Interviewed current and former members of Governor’s Staff, State Legislators, current and former members of Department of Corrections staff, California Youth Authority, Office of Inspector General staff, members of the Little Hoover Commission, leadership of the CCPOA (prison guards association), experts in the field and concerned citizens, totally 470 people altogether.
- The panel presented 239 recommendations to reform the state’s correctional system.
- Listed as some of the major problems are: Ethics, “code of silence”, Union/labor contracts and influence over management, union campaign donations, use of force, accountability, and youthful offenders.
Known as “the news behind the news” the Full Disclosure Network™ is seen on 43 cable systems and the Internet website at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/ In 2002 the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented host Leslie Dutton with an Emmy for the 2001 public affairs series entitled “L.A.'s War Against Terrorism" featuring LAPD Chief Bernard Parks, L.A. County Sheriff Leroy Baca, L.A. City Councilman Mark Ridley Thomas and Police Union Director, LAPD Captain Ken Hillman. Channels and airtimes can be found on the website.