State Set to Release Thousands of Female Inmates
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Some 4000 women inmates may be released from California prisons to live at home with their children. It's part of the effort to relieve overcrowded institutions, and the Department of Corrections says it might prevent the children from leading lives of crime. We hear what conditions the women will have to meet. Also, the Northern California company was called the future of green energy by President Obama. Now that Solyndra is bankrupt, his administration says it was the Bush Administration's idea. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the "Arab Spring" and diplomacy in the Middle East.
Banner image: The Female Offender Treatment and Employment Program is a residential based program partnership between CDCR and Walden House. It's goal is to provide a smooth transition for women leaving prison and getting back into society. Photo courtesy of the California Departmnt of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Republicans, Democrats Jockey for Position in Solyndra Case ()
California solar-panel company Solyndra was visited by President Obama, who called it a great example of the green-energy economy, but it was really the Bush Administration's idea. That's what Energy Department officials told a House Commerce Committee today, now that Solyndra faces bankruptcy and investigation by the FBI. John Schwada is reporting the story for LA Observed.
- John Schwada: LA Observed
Early Release for Female Prisoners ()
More than 4000 women inmates in California prisons could be released early — if they have less than two years left on their sentences, if their crimes were nonviolent, non-serious and non-sexual — and if they have children. That's according to a law signed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- Don Thompson: Associated Press
- Terry Thornton: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
- Celeste Fremon: WitnessLA.com, @witnessla
Tensions Rise between Israel and Her Regional Allies ()
In the aftermath of Friday's attacks on Israel's Egyptian embassy, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Erdogan is visiting Cairo. In an address to the Arab League, he said recognizing Palestinian statehood is "not a choice but an obligation." The Middle East is changing fast as Israel faces the loss of crucial allies and Turkey moves to exert leadership of the Muslim world. What's in store for American interests in the region and at the United Nations?
- David Kirkpatrick: New York Times, @kirkpatricknyt
- Ilter Turan: Bilgi University
- Bishara Marwan: Al Jazeera English
- Eric Trager: Washington Institute for Near East Policy
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