LA County Prepares for an Onslaught of State Parolees
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To release overcrowding in state prisons, some 15,000 inmates and parolees are on their way to Los Angeles County starting this Saturday. Governor Brown calls it "realignment." They won't come all at once, but there's been little time for the Sheriff and the Probation Department to prepare. We hear about the possible impact on local facilities and county finances. Also, Sheriff Lee Baca on conditions in county jails. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, is time running out on the Eurozone?
Banner image: A California Department of Corrections officer speaks to inmates at Chino State Prison. Inmates and parolees are being released to local jails to ease overcrowding in state prisons, as ordered by federal courts. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
Sheriff Responds to Reports of Beatings in the Jails ()
The FBI is investigating reports of abuse in the jails, and the ACLU has reported dozens of stories about inmates brutalized by Sheriff's deputies. We speak with Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca about the claims of abuse and about the impact of new inmates on county jails.
- Lee Baca: Sheriff of Los Angeles County
State Parolees Headed for LA County This Weekend ()
Los Angeles County will get the bulk of the inmates and parolees being released to ease overcrowding in state prisons, as ordered by federal courts. Since a process called "realignment," some 15,000 will be sent here, starting day after tomorrow. Governor Jerry Brown called realignment "the most viable way to comply" with the order. Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley called it "the state's budget crisis tail wagging the public safety dog" and said that the public would have to pay for the state's budget crisis "through increased victimization and the cost of increased crime." We hear about parolees to be supervised by the County Probation Department.
Is Time Running Out on the Eurozone? ()
With a bigger economy than the United States, the Eurozone has the resources to avoid a break-up. But does it have the political will? With Greece imposing drastic austerity measures, Germany's parliament gave Chancellor Angel Merkel a bigger vote than expected today in support of increasing the Eurozone's bailout fund. We hear about the latest efforts to hold it together and the prospects for a double-dip recession worldwide.
- Peter Spiegel: Financial Times, @SpiegelPeter
- Mujtaba Rahman: Eurasia Group
- Josef Joffe: Die Zeit
- Ezra Klein: Washington Post, @ezraklein
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