FROM Anne Milgram
An Algorithm to Take the Guesswork Out of Criminal Sentencing Every day judges are faced with a difficult dilemma: whether or not to let someone who’s just been arraigned out on bail. If they’re released, they could commit more crimes—potentially violent ones. But if you deny bail, people who aren’t safety or flight risks crowd into over-burdened prisons. Now, jurisdictions around the country have an option that claims to take the subjectivity out of the decision. It’s called the Public Safety Assessment, or PSA, and it was created by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.