Non-Violent Felons to Move from State Prison to County Jail
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Governor Brown has signed a new law to keep tens of thousands of non-violent felons in county jails, rather than in hopelessly overcrowded state prisons. LA District Attorney Steve Cooley says, even if the state finds the money to reimburse the counties, that could be a threat to public safety. We talk with Cooley and Brown's Secretary of Corrections, Matthew Cate. Also, is Dodger Stadium a threat to public safety? We look at the aftermath of the near-fatal beating of a Giants' fan on opening day. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, money, Medicare and next year's election.
Banner image: Inmates at Chino State Prison walk past their bunk beds in a gymnasium that was modified to house prisoners on December 10, 2010 in Chino, California. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
Non-Violent Felons to Move from State Prison to County Jail ()
Tens of thousands of nonviolent felons will be serving time in county jails instead of state prisons. That's the law signed by Governor Brown last night. The catch is that, without the extended tax hikes he wants approved by the voters, there's no money to reimburse the counties for hundreds of millions of dollars in new expenses. Brown promises that the change won't happen until the money is there, but some law enforcement officers say it's still a bad idea.
- Steve Cooley: Los Angeles County District Attorney
- Matthew Cate: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Dodgers Start the New Season under a Cloud ()
Last Thursday's opening day helped reinforce the reputation of Dodger Stadium as home to the "worst crowd" in baseball. Forty-two year old paramedic Bryan Stow, the father of two, is comatose and in critical condition. A Giants fan, wearing team clothing in the parking lot after the game, Stow was knocked to the ground and kicked hard enough to fracture his skull and cause brain damage. His family says they're hearing from well-wishers all over the country.
Republicans Take Aim at Medicare ()
Republican House Speaker John Boehner met President Obama at the White House today, but they failed to make a deal to avoid a government shutdown on Friday. Meanwhile, Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia blamed the stalemate on a "lack of [Democratic] leadership in the Senate." As the battle raged over this year's federal budget today, the chair of the House Budget Committee, Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan, presented his much-awaited plan for cutting the deficit and restructuring Medicaid and Medicare. We hear the details and look at the political consequences.
- Massimo Calabresi: Time
- Gail Russell Chaddock: Christian Science Monitor, @RussellChaddock
- Maya MacGuineas: Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, @MayaMacGuineas
- Dean Baker: Center for Economic and Policy Research, @DeanBaker13
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