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Since the US Supreme Court ruled that overcrowding made California prisons too dangerous, lower-level convicts have been sent to local jails. But the jails often don’t have any room—and county sheriffs end up deciding that some go in while others stay out. We’ll hear how so-called “realignment” has exposed a lack of justice in California’s justice system—and how it might be reformed.

Also tonight, does the iPad scandal endanger the job of LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy?

Banner Image Credit: Melissa Hincha-Ownby

Producers:
Jenny Hamel

Prison Realignment and the Early Release of Jail Inmates 19 MIN, 35 SEC

Three years ago, the US Supreme court ruled that overcrowding in California’s prisons violated prisoners constitutional rights. The Brown Administration then instituted “realignment,” which means sending convicts for lesser crimes to county jails instead of state prisons. But there is no system of oversight—or even data collection—to determine the impact. So the LA Times conducted its own investigation.

Guests:
Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times (@paigestjohn)
Robert Weisberg, Director, Stanford University's Criminal Justice Center
Margarita Perez, Los Angeles Probation Department (@LACProbation)
Carole D'Elia, Little Hoover Commission

John Deasy's iPad Controversy - The Political Fallout? 4 MIN, 30 SEC

LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy has announced that his $1 billion plan to get iPads for every student is over. He wants to solicit new bids for the future. Deasy acted this week after emails obtained by news organizations revealed a cozy relationship between him and Apple, the maker of iPads—and between both Deasy and a former assistant with Pearson, which produces educational software. Can Deasy survive? Raphael Sonenshein is Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute and a long-time student of politics in Los Angeles.

Guests:
Raphael Sonenshein, California State University, Los Angeles (@SonensheinPBI)

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