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 .
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
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?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.