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.
Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey The mass assault in Santa Barbara over the weekend once again raises questions about mental illness and access to guns. Here in Los Angeles County, District Attorney Jackie Lacey has made keeping the mentally ill out of jail one of her top priorities. We talk to her about her initiatives and we get her reaction to this weekend’s violence in Isla Vista.
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 .
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?