KQED Radio Staff
Host and Reporter, The California Report
Senior Correspondent, KQED NEWSROOM
Scott Shafer serves as host of KQED Public Radio's statewide news program The California Report. He's also senior correspondent for KQED NEWSROOM, the weekly news and public affairs program on television, radio and digital. As a journalist, he has been honored by numerous institutions, including Radio Television Digital News Association, San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association, the Society for Professional Journalists and Public Radio News Directors Inc. Before arriving at KQED, Scott worked in state and local government. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming and playing water polo.
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Stories (353 archives)
Political aftershocks from the terrorist attacks in Paris are starting to be felt here in California. Some Democrats are worried about how the issue could play out in next year's election.
California's budget picture is brighter than it's been in years. That's the assessment of the Legislative Analyst's Office who sees a plump budget surplus at the end of the fiscal year. But the LAO isn't exactly popping champagne corks just yet.
California has five state psychiatric hospitals. Its patients are mostly criminal defendants found not guilty by reason of insanity, or incompetent to stand trial. It was five years ago this week that a staff member was murdered by a patient at Napa State Hospital. It's rare for the media to get into Napa State Hospital. The administration cites patient privacy and security for strictly limiting access. But Frank and Barbara Brackin recently invited host Scott Shafer to join them on a visit to their son, Shawn.
Mentally ill defendants declared "incompetent to stand trial" are supposed to be transferred to state mental hospitals for treatment within two or three months. But more than 300 of them languish in county jails because there's simply no bed space. The new state budget includes more than $17 million to add beds for incompetent-to-stand-trial defendants.
California has five state mental hospitals, where most of the patients are sent by criminal courts. Napa State Hospital has struggled for years to create a safe environment for staff and patients. It was five years ago this week that an employee there was brutally murdered by a psychiatric patient. NOTE: This piece contains language some may find upsetting.