FROM Scott Kernan
Human Rights in the Hidden World of State Prisons On July 1, inmates at the Pelican Bay State Prison near the Oregon border began a hunger strike that ultimately involved 6600 prisoners in 13 of California's 33 institutions. Reporters were not allowed to talk to inmates, but representatives said they demanded caps to be worn in cold weather, calendars on cell walls, more lenient treatment in solitary confinement, and a change in "debriefings" that last so long prisoners are in danger of being labeled as "snitches." The hunger strike is over , but did settling it make things any better?
Major Problems with State Prisons Last month's state budget failed to provide a blueprint for cutting $1.2 billion from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation . Since then, there's been a prison riot at Chino and a federal court order to reduce the prison population statewide by 40,000 inmates in two years. What does Governor Schwarzenegger propose to do?
Does California's Parole System Need to Be Rebuilt? Lovelle Mixon was a 26-year-old former janitor who killed four Oakland policemen last Saturday afternoon. Two had pulled him over for a routine traffic stop. The others were SWAT officers who stormed an apartment where Mixon was hiding. Mixon, who also was killed by gunfire, had been on parole since November. He had eight contacts with his parole officer after his release, but then missed several appointments. He had been declared a parole violator and a warrant had been issued for his arrest. The killing has focused attention on parole system that even some state officials agree hasn’t been working for years. What’s wrong? What are prospects for change?
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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?