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CDCR on SHU Security Housing Units at Pelican Bay State Prison have been undergoing scrutiny since thousands of prisoners protested the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's use of the SHU with a three-week hunger strike in July.  A legislative public hearing committee reviewed the CDCR's use of the SHU last week.  Concerns included the sometimes decades inmates spend in the SHU, and the way corrections officers identify potential prison gang members, who are most likely to become SHU inmates.  We'll speak with the CDCR's Undersecretary of Operations, Scott Kernan, about the future of Security Housing Units.
 
Joan Donoghue The American member of the International Court of Justice is speaking in Sacramento about her first year presiding over cases for the United Nations. Joan Donoghue joins us in our studio.

Recovery Happens What does it take to recover from drug or alcohol addiction? Some people try again and again, and never make it. Others do, but even after years - or decades - of being sober, they still say they're in recovery. We'll talk with a couple of people currently in recovery about their struggles and hear what options there are for help in the State of California. September is National Recovery Month and the California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources and the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs are holding an event at Capitol Park on September 1st called Recovery Happens.

The Language of Flowers Vanessa Diffenbaugh has gained a lot of critical praise for her debut novel "The Language of Flowers" --a story about a young woman who uses Victorian language of flowers to deal with her troubled past. We'll talk to Diffenbaugh as she stops by Sacramento to fundraise for her new national organization for foster kids "The Camellia Network."  She'll be at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria tonight.
 
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
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