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After decades of excessive force by jailers, abuse of mentally ill inmates and prisoner suicides, LA County has agreed to institute sweeping changes. A federal court will monitor progress to make sure that promised reforms really happen. We’ll ask Sheriff Jim McDonnell if he plans to clean house.

Also, massive brushfires in Northern California create their own weather systems. Firefighters have never seen anything like it. If similar blazes break out in Southern California, are resources available to combat them?

Banner Image: Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles, CA

Producers:
Christine Detz
Charlotte Duren
Benjamin Gottlieb

Los Angeles County Reaches Deal with Feds on Jail Oversight 15 MIN, 19 SEC

Sheriff Jim McDonnell has agreed to federal court oversight of Los Angeles County jails. He’s promised sweeping reforms to reduce the use of excessive force by jailers and to protect prisoners with mental illness from being abused.

The ACLU of Southern California has long been involved in efforts to reform the jails in LA County. Staff Attorney Peter Eliasberg also joins us.

Guests:
Jim McDonnell, Los Angeles County Sheriff (@LACoSheriff)
Peter Eliasberg, ACLU of Southern California (@ACLU_SoCal)

Is LA at Risk for a Giant Wildfire? 8 MIN, 37 SEC

High winds, high temperatures and low humidity have made for extreme—and unpredictable—fire conditions in Northern California. With at least 39 homes burned so far by the Rocky Fire near Napa, Cal Fire officials are telling residents to “stay vigilant and adhere to any changes in evacuations and road closures.” Could it happen here?

Tom Scott studies natural resources at the Center for Conservation Biology at UC Riverside. Jason Funk is Senior Climate Change Scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Guests:
Tom Scott, Center for Conservation Biology (@U_of_California)
Jason Funk, Union of Concerned Scientists

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