FROM Lenore Anderson
The Effect of Downgrading Felonies A new report from the Public Policy Institute of California finds that realignment and Prop 47 have not, so far, resulted in an increase in crime in California. Realignment is the big shift of inmates convicted of nonviolent crimes from state prisons to county jails. Prop 47, passed last year, changes certain drug crimes and nonviolent felonies to misdemeanors. The measure is retroactive. On Sunday, a fair was organized at Exposition Park to help people with prior felonies reduce their criminal records, and more than 4,000 people turned up. Some lined up as early as four in the morning. We hear from people who were there.
Very Few Voters Make Lots of Big Decisions Yesterday’s Republican tide did not sweep into California — although the Democrats’ supermajority in Sacramento has come to an end. We look at the election results.
Is It Time to Relax the “Crackdown on Crime?” Twenty years ago, California voters passed, “Three Strikes and You’re Out” — providing that a third conviction meant life in prison, even if it was for a minor crime. There have been some changes since, and now Proposition 47 would reduce some felonies down to misdemeanors — as well as allowing some convicts to appeal for sentence reduction. We get some background and hear a debate.
Rhetoric and brinksmanship on the Korean Peninsula For 25 years, the US has viewed North Korea's nuclear program with increasing alarm. Now President Trump says this country has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what he's actually doing… and what might come next.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.