Local mayors and chiefs of police say that violent crime is on the rise again all over America. At the same time, federal assistance is going down. Is the war on terror being fought with money from the war on crime? Plus, a look partisanship's role in the upcoming primaries, and secret CIA prisons and America’s credibility with European allies.
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Control of Congress is at stake in November's general elections and today there are primary contests for the House and the Senate all over the country. Despite the potential consequences, Republicans and Democrats are proclaiming their independence from excessive partisanship.
John Mercurio, The Hotline
After the cocaine wars of the 1990's, violent crime declined dramatically in most of America, but it's on the rise once again--especially crime that involves guns. At the same time, federal money that once went to fight crime is being channeled into homeland security, which has a different set of priorities. Late last month, local elected officials and chiefs of police aired their concerns about that trade-off at the National Violent Crime Summit. Whatever happened to former President Clinton's program for putting 100,000 new officers on the streets? Why is Congress making it harder to trace guns used in crimes by kids as young as 13? We hear what civic leaders and law enforcement leaders are asking the federal Department of Justice.
Chuck Wexler, Police Executive Research Forum (@CWexlerPERF)
Doug Palmer, Mayor of Trenton, New Jersey
David Muhlhausen, Senior Policy Analyst at the Heritage Foundation
Darrel Stevens, Chief of tje Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Christopher Stone, Harvard University
William Bratton, Los Angeles Police Department
News reports about secret CIA prisons caused outrage in Europe a year ago. Last week, in a public speech, President Bush acknowledged their existence when he said that prisoners, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, had been transferred to Guantánamo Bay. How did that go down with America's allies?
Constance Stelzenmuller, Director of the Berlin Office of the German Marshall Fund
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Imprisoning our mentally ill? American jails and prisons have become hospitals for the mentally ill. A murderer doing 20 years at New York’s Sing Sing prison works with schizophrenics serving 24 months for misdemeanors. He tells Warren that sick people should be treated outside. The Sheriff in Chicago says it’s not just inhumane but a waste of taxpayers’ money. How did we get here? What can be done?
Did Trump get conned by Kim? Six months after threatening nuclear warfare, “little rocket man” and the “dotard” were talking peace in Singapore. Beyond the hype, did President Trump and Kim Jong Un really mean it? A seasoned diplomat, a UN nuclear weapons inspector and veteran journalists provide contrasting assessments.
Post primary wrap, what’s the takeaway? California’s billed as the heart of “resistance” to President Trump. But in this month’s Golden State primary, young and Latino voters stayed home. That’s produced a clash of voices between Progressive Democrats and Clinton-era Centrists. What will that mean come November with control of the Congress at stake?
The politics of prison reform Prison reform is moving in Red States, Blue States and (maybe) on Capitol Hill. But America still incarcerates more people than any other country-- including China. Meantime, the Trump White House is divided. Jared Kushner is pushing sentence reform, while Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to stay “tough on crime.” What are the prospects for much needed change?
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