FROM Terry Smerling
LA County Supervisors Vote for New Jails The LA County Board of Supervisors took a first step yesterday toward spending $2 billion on new jails. The money would pay for two new facilities offering better treatment for mentally ill inmates than we currently have. But should mentally ill people be sent to jail at all? The county also voted to explore alternative treatment programs. What are the options for treating mentally ill felons now and in the future?
Supervisors to Consider New Jail Plan There's a broad consensus that LA County's antiquated Men's Central Jail needs to be torn down , but there's dispute about what should replace it and who should be housed there. Currently, the Sheriff's Department holds 3000 mentally ill inmates in what's become the biggest mental institution in the US. Tomorrow, the Board of Supervisors is expected to take up several options , laid out by the Vanir construction company, all of which provide beds for 3000 mentally ill prisoners. One would cost more than $2 billion.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.