Inmates wait in the Roger Bauman intake facility for assessment before integrating into the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center. More than 50 years old, the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center doesn’t look ready for a new era of corrections. Some of the buildings are decrepit. Some of the jail cells have bars, instead of secured doors, a relic of construction at older prisons such as Alcatraz. Photo taken March 01, 2012 in Elk Grove, California.
Inmates wait in the Roger Bauman intake facility for assessment before integrating into the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center. More than 50 years old, the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center doesn’t look ready for a new era of corrections. Some of the buildings are decrepit. Some of the jail cells have bars, instead of secured doors, a relic of construction at older prisons such as Alcatraz. Photo taken March 01, 2012 in Elk Grove, California. Renee C. Byer rbyer@sacbee.com
Inmates wait in the Roger Bauman intake facility for assessment before integrating into the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center. More than 50 years old, the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center doesn’t look ready for a new era of corrections. Some of the buildings are decrepit. Some of the jail cells have bars, instead of secured doors, a relic of construction at older prisons such as Alcatraz. Photo taken March 01, 2012 in Elk Grove, California. Renee C. Byer rbyer@sacbee.com
Dan Walters

Dan Walters

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Dan Walters’ column appeared in dozens of California newspapers. He joined the Sacramento Union’s Capitol bureau in 1975 and in 1981 began writing the state’s only daily newspaper column devoted to California political, economic and social events. In 1984 he moved to The Sacramento Bee, where his column ran until 2017.