Major Problems with State Prisons and Local Medical Care
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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
Major Problems with State Prisons ()
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?
- Scott Kernan: Undersecretary of Adult Operations, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
- Curt Hagman: California Assemblyman (R-Chino Hills)
- Zachary Norris: Director of Books Not Bars, EllaBakerCenter.org
Is Poverty Being Criminalized in the Midst of a Recession? ()
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.
- Maria Foscarinis: Executive Director, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
- Carol Schatz: President/CEO, Los Angeles Downtown Center Business Improvement District
- Casey Horan: Executive Director, Lamp Community
- Richard Shiver: City Commissioner of Daytona Beach, Florida
- Pegeen Hanrahan: Mayor of Gainesville, Florida
Temporary Free Clinic Shows Need for Health Reform ()
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.
- Carol Meyer: Director of governmental affairs for the L.A. County Department of Health Services
Which Way L.A.? is made possible in part by the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, which supports study and research into policy issues of the Los Angeles region.
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