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This midterm, California voters made a strong statement by approving Proposition 47. The message… tough crime policies aren’t working.  The new law reforms sentences for non-violent and drug-related crimes, and means early release for thousands of convicts. But city and county agencies are concerned they don’t have the resources to deal with the change. Guest host Barbara Bogaev discovers what’s next for criminal justice reform.

Also, will Los Angeles crackdown on Airbnb?

Photo: Chris Yarzab

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Gideon Brower

LA Is Learning Tough on Crime Is Tough to Undo 15 MIN, 40 SEC

Ever since election day, the phones have been busy at the LA County Public Defender’s Office. The calls are flooding in from convicts looking to have their sentences reduced and -- ultimately -- to get released from jail under Proposition 47.  The proposition reclassifies a number of non-violent and drug-related crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.  The LA County District Attorney’s office says there are about 4,000 cases pending in Los Angeles courts alone that could be eligible for re-sentencing under the new law. But is LA’s criminal justice system prepared to carry out the will of California voters?

Guests:
Carol Clem, Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office
Lynne Lyman, Drug Policy Alliance (@lynnelyman)
Barry Krisberg, UC Berkeley School of Law (@BerkeleyLawNews)

Will LA Crack Down on Airbnb? 7 MIN, 20 SEC

Twenty million people have rented places to stay from a service that offers almost a million different listings in 190 countries. Everything is selected and paid for online. These beds aren't provided by a hotel chain. Instead hosts and guests are linked directly through the website Airbnb, which has become a major player in the growing short-term rental market. But current laws governing the hospitality business are ill-equipped to deal with short-term rentals like Airbnb, and in Los Angeles, that's sparked a debate about how to regulate it. KCRW's Benjamin Gottlieb has this report.

To read more about how Los Angeles is handling Airbnb rentals and to see photos of what those rentals look like, KCRW’s Which Way LA blog.

Guests:
Benjamin Gottlieb, Afternoon News Producer (@benjamin_max)

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