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California's Prisons And A New Attorney General

Publication Date: 
November 30, 2010
Source: 
KCRW 89.9 FM
Author: 
Warren Olney

With all the votes finally counted, Attorney General-elect Kamala Harris came to Los Angeles today to claim victory and announce a laundry list of priorities, including reduction in the prison-recidivism rate. Will she give law enforcement a new look? Also, the US Supreme Court took up a lower-court order to release 40,000 inmates from the state's overcrowded institutions. Would “low risk” parolees mean an increase in crime? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, after this morning's White House meeting, the President and Republican leaders agreed that partisan gridlock is no longer acceptable to the voters. Is there a honeymoon? How long will it last?

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For 20 years the State of California has been charged with unhealthy and inhumane treatment of prisoners, but failed to meet many promises to ease overcrowding. Today, the US Supreme Court took up the state’s appeal of an appellate court ruling that 40,000 prisoners be released.

Guests:

David Savage: Reporter, Los Angeles Times
Don Thompson: Sacramento Reporter, Associated Press
Joan Petersilia: Chair, Governor Schwarzenegger’s Rehabilitation Strike Team