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The legislature is back, faced with a prison riot, a federal court order and the need to cut another $1.2 billion from the state budget. Plus, a week-long event at the Inglewood Forum demonstrates just how inadequate LA's medical system really is. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, with homelessness on the increase, cities are passing laws that make it harder than ever to survive on the streets. Is Los Angeles really America's "meanest city?" We hear a heated debate.


Banner image: An inmate at the Mule Creek State Prison walks near their bunk beds in a gymnasium that was modified to house prisoners in Ione, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Christian Bordal
Frances Anderton

Main Topic Major Problems with State Prisons 27 MIN, 14 SEC

Last month's state budget failed to provide a blueprint for cutting $1.2 billion from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Since then, there's been a prison riot at Chino and a federal court order to reduce the prison population statewide by 40,000 inmates in two years. What does Governor Schwarzenegger propose to do?


Guests:
Scott Kernan, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Curt Hagman, California Assemblyman (R-Chino Hills)
Zachary Norris, Director of Books Not Bars, EllaBakerCenter.org

Reporter's Notebook Temporary Free Clinic Shows Need for Health Reform 6 MIN, 44 SEC

If anyone doubts that the health system is broken in Southern California, consider last week's spectacle at the Inglewood Forum: thousands of people lining up to get free medical care and thousands more turned away for lack of available volunteers.  Carol Meyer is chief network officer for the LA County Department of Health Services.

Guests:
Carol Meyer, Chief Network Officer, LA County Department of Health Services

Main Topic Is Poverty Being Criminalized in the Midst of a Recession? 19 MIN, 27 SEC

In hard times, with hunger and homelessness on the rise, cities around the country are making it harder than ever to survive on the streets. And Los Angeles is America's “meanest city.” That's according to a controversial study by The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.

Guests:
Maria Foscarinis, Executive Director, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
Carol Schatz, President/CEO, Central City Association
Casey Horan, Executive Director, Lamp Community
Richard Shiver, City Commissioner of Daytona Beach, Florida
Pegeen Hanrahan, Mayor of Gainesville, Florida

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