LA Progressive Talks Law Enforcement Live !
The LA Progressive has gone live!! We've now got a weekly broadcast devoted to progressive politics and social justice.
Tune in Monday, November 10th, at 3 p.m. PST right here for the next installment of “LA Progressive Live!”. You’ll find us streaming at www.laprogressive.com — and we’ll archive the 1-hour show. You can view last week's debut on Proposition 47 with guests Lynne Lyman, California director of the Drug Policy Alliance, and Charlesleen Poe, formerly incarcerated intake officer at A New Way of Life Re-entry Program.
This Monday's program will be devoted to the impact last Tuesday's election will have on pressing criminal justice reform issues here in Los Angeles. On the campaign trail, incoming L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell signaled support for more humane and cost-effective handling of the mentally ill and drug addicted -- treatment rather than incarceration. And Prop 47 passed, reducing six low-level, nonviolent offenses to misdemeanor status rather than treating them as felonies that can throw a cloud over the rest of someone's life.
But we've down this road before -- witness how so much of the AB 109 Realignment money has gone straight into building more county jails, rather than in releasing overly incarcerated state prisoners. So will Tuesday's victories really make a difference?
Will the LAPD Ever Get Its Act Together?
Although improvements are credited to Chief Charlie Beck on his watch, problems continue to arise with charges of uneven disciplinary and promotion policies, racial profiling, and excessive use of force -- including fatal shootings -- principally with young black and brown men.
Retired LAPD Sergeant Cheryl Dorsey will bring her hard-won expertise on police policy and procedures and her understanding of persistent police cultural norms that often impede reform. A regular contributor to LA Progressive and author of "The Creation of a Manifesto, Black & Blue," Dorsey is a close observer and frequent critic of changes in LAPD practices that she finds far too slow in coming, too limited in scope, and still discriminatory.
Jails, Jails, More Jails?
Joining Cheryl Monday will be Carla Gonzalez, the interim director of Dignity and Power Now, an organization fighting against the construction of new jails in Los Angeles County when much better ways of handling many current and future jail inmates are at hand.
Dignity and Power Now is a grassroots organization that fights for the dignity and power of incarcerated people and their families. DPN! has undertaken several projects ranging from the Coalition to End Sheriff Violence, Freedom Harvest artist collective, a bi-annual publication, the Dandelion Rising Leadership Institute, and Building Resilience.
Carla helped lead the recent "Off The Cuff" Community Teach-In & Roundtable held at East LA College just before the elections that helped organize for the successful passage of Prop 47.
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