Do California’s Prisons Pose a Problem Without a Solution?
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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.
“Black Widows” Convicted of Murder ()Two elderly women have been convicted of killing two homeless men to collect on insurance.
California’s New Prisons Chief ()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.
The Power of the Soloist ()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.
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