Duxbury, Micky

Micky Duxbury is the author of Making Room In Our Hearts: Keeping Family Ties Through Open Adoption. A Bay Area based freelancer, she has written on restorative justice, racial bias in policing, and wants to write more on the effects of incarceration on children, families and communities in the East Bay and California. Her website is mickyduxbury.com.

Alameda County Ahead of Curve With Realignment

By Micky Duxbury

In May of 2011, the Supreme Court ruled that the conditions in California prisons were so horrendous that they violated protections against cruel and unusual punishment and ordered California to reduce its prison population by 35,000-40,000 inmates by 2013.

The order came at a time when the state budget could no longer afford the third-largest prison system in the world and the pressure was on to pass the responsibility to counties at a far lower cost. Another compelling reason was that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has failed at doing what it said it would do: rehabilitate prisoners.