A new report says thousands of mentally people at the Men's Central Jail are abused by other inmates and punished by guards. What are the alternatives to closing it down? Also, an interview with Laura Chick, Governor Schwarzenegger's new stimulus watchdog. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, four more ships have been attacked by pirates from Somalia, where depleted fishing grounds and political chaos are breeding crime on the high seas. Should the merchant nations resort to force or aid to restore order?
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Yesterday, President Obama promised to work with other nations to "halt the rise of piracy" in the Indian Ocean. Since then, four more ships—from the Philippines, Liberia, Greece and Togo have been attacked off the coast of Somalia. Naval vessels are in the region.
Chris Davies, Spokesman, NATO’s Allied Maritime Component Command Headquarters
David Shinn, former Coordinator for Somalia, US State Department
Jabril Ibrahim Abdulle, Director, Center for Research and Dialogue
Derek Reveron, Professor of National Security Affairs, Naval War College
Ruth Wedgewood, Professor of Law, Johns Hopkins University
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has long called the Men’s Central Jail the biggest mental institution in the United States. Today, the American Civil Liberties released a report by psychiatrist Terry Kupers. It paints a picture of nightmarish conditions, where thousands of mentally ill prisoners are abused instead of receiving treatment. The ACLU says it should be shut down.
Laura Chick is termed out of office as Los Angeles City Controller and will be replaced by Council member Wendy Gruel. But Chick is taking off one hat to put on another. She’ll be leaving for Sacramento to be the Governor’s Inspector General for federal recovery money.
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