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For the 4th time in just 5 years, Governor Schwarzenegger has appointed a new director of prisons where a federal judge says conditions are unconstitutional. On Reporter’s Notebook, Steve Lopez of the LA Times - the column, the book, and the movie.

Producers:
Karen Radziner
Gary Scott
Frances Anderton
Christian Bordal
Katie Cooper
Sonya Geis
Dan Konecky

Making News “Black Widows” Convicted of Murder 5 MIN, 21 SEC
Two elderly women have been convicted of killing two homeless men to collect on insurance.

Guests:
Linda Deutsch, Associated Press (@AP)

Main Topic California’s New Prisons Chief 10 MIN, 54 SEC
Gang violence, the lack of rehabilitation programs and sentencing laws like three strikes and you’re out have California prisons dangerously over-crowded. A federal judge says the health system is so bad it’s unconstitutional. Fixing it all will cost billions of dollars, at a time when the state is cutting back on education because of a 15 billion dollar deficit. To preside over an impending disaster, Governor Schwarzenegger has appointed his 4th Secretary of Corrections in just five years.

Guests:
Michael Rothfeld, Wall Street Journal
Don Specter, Prison Law Office

Reporter's Notebook The Power of the Soloist 7 MIN, 33 SEC
Three years ago, LA Times columnist Steve Lopez discovered Nathaniel Anthony Ayers playing violin on a sidewalk in downtown LA. One column about a homeless musician has become a book that’s being turned into a movie.

Guests:
Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times (@LATstevelopez)

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