FROM Glenn Backes
Proposition 9: Criminal Justice System and Victims' Rights The so-called Victims' Bill of Rights was voted into the state constitution in 1982, but supporters of Proposition 9 on next week's ballot say what they call a "broken" system favors criminals. Opponents, including San Quentin's former warden, say it's unnecessary and expensive. Victims are notified of criminal proceedings, and they can attend and participate in hearings on sentencing and parole. Prop 9 would expand those rights. We hear both sides.
Propositions 5 and 6: Law and Order Proposition 5 on the November ballot, which deals with the criminal justice system, would allocate $460 million a year to improve and expand treatment programs for drug crimes and other offenses. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst says it would also save a one-time expenditure of $2.5 billion. Proponents call it the "Nonviolent Offender Rehabilitation Act." Opponents call it the "Drug Dealers' Bill of Rights." Proposition 6 would allocate $965 million a year for law enforcement statewide, create many new crimes and increase penalties, many focused on gangs. Though it would not raise taxes, the non-partisan Legislative Analyst says the additional cost could include $500 million for increased prison construction.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.