Folsom Embodies California’s Prison Blues

Experts agree that the problem started when Californians voted for a series of get-tough-on-crime laws in the 1980s. The state’s prison population exploded immediately. It jumped from 20,000 inmates, where it had held steady throughout the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s. Today there are 167,000 inmates in the system.

via NPR.