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 .
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?