FROM Mike Antonovich
State Parolees Headed for LA County This Weekend Los Angeles County will get the bulk of the inmates and parolees being released to ease overcrowding in state prisons, as ordered by federal courts. Since a process called "realignment," some 15,000 will be sent here, starting day after tomorrow. Governor Jerry Brown called realignment "the most viable way to comply" with the order. Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley called it "the state's budget crisis tail wagging the public safety dog" and said that the public would have to pay for the state's budget crisis "through increased victimization and the cost of increased crime." We hear about parolees to be supervised by the County Probation Department.
"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 flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.