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“Dimly lit, vermin invested, noisy, unsanitary, cramped and crowded.” That’s how the federal Justice Department describes America’s largest mental institution—also known as the Los Angeles County jail. Now a federal judge will be telling the Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Mental Health how to treat mentally ill inmates. Do they have to be held in jail? Would other solutions save the public money?

Also, a new film explores the connection between the CIA and crack cocaine in South Los Angeles.

Banner Image: Los Angeles County Jail, also known as the Twin Towers Correctional Facility; Credit: Basil D. Soufi

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Andrea Brody

Who’s Going to Protect the Mentally Ill in County Jails? 17 MIN, 30 SEC

Los Angeles County is widely known for the biggest mental institution in the United States. But it’s not a hospital… it’s the County jail. Inmates are held in squalid conditions, neglected by the Department of Mental Health and often abused by Sheriff’s deputies. After monitoring the facility for 12 years, the federal Department of Justice is taking remedial action.

Guests:
Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times (@cindychangLA)
Mark Ridley-Thomas, LA County Board of Supervisors (@mridleythomas)
Miriam Krinsky, Los Angeles Citizens' Commission on Jail Violence

California Reporter Dug into the “Dark Alliance” 11 MIN

Almost 20 years ago, a bombshell investigative news series connected America’s crack cocaine epidemic to Los Angeles street gangs, Central-American counter-revolutionaries and the CIA. It sparked investigations and destroyed the life of a reporter. Now Hollywood is bringing the story to the big screen.

KCRW's Saul Gonzalez reports.

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)

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