FROM Jackie Lacey
Can Mental Health Treatment Help Solve the Overcrowding Crisis at L.A. County Jails? L.A. County’s jails are so crowded with mentally ill inmates, it’s become a crisis. In a new report out today, L.A. County’s District Attorney recommends sending non-violent criminals with mental health and addiction issues to treatment instead of lockup.
New Wrongful Conviction Unit Unveiled at DA's Office Since the advent of DNA testing in the 1980's, US courts have come to recognize that wrongful convictions are all too common. Some 1600 supposed criminals have been found innocent after all. Now, prosecutorial offices around the country have been opening Wrongful Conviction Units. The latest is the biggest of all — the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office — which prosecuted 71,000 felony defendants last year. Jackie Lacey is the District Attorney.
DA Issues Report on Mistreatment of Mentally Ill in Criminal Justice System Tomorrow, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey will deliver a a report to the Board of Supervisors that highlights the county criminal justice system’s failure to humanely and effectively deal with mentally ill people who commit crimes. This report comes as the Department of Justice announces they will take oversight of county jails because of the mistreatment of the mentally ill.
Has LA's 'Tough on Crime' Era Come to an End? Three-time LA District Attorney Steve Cooley is stepping down at a time when both crime and public resources are on the decline. In Tuesday's final election, two veterans of Cooley's office are running to be his replacement. They are Chief Deputy Jackie Lacey and Alan Jackson , head of the Major Crimes Unit. (They have declined to debate, so we hear from them one at a time, and have chosen the order by a flip of the coin.) You can find our political coverage at KCRW.com/californiaelections .
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.