Realignment 5 Years On: Counties Build Jails for Inmates With Mental Illness
Five years ago Saturday, facing a Supreme Court order to reduce prison overcrowding, California shifted responsibility for low-level felons from state prison to county jails. On Thursday we reported on how some officials view the plan as a success. But for county facilities, built to hold people for a couple of months, the shift means they now hold some people for years including folks struggling with mental illness. We report on two communities that are taking very different approaches to the problem.
Deadline Looms for Bills on Gov. Brown's Desk
It's coming down to the wire for Gov. Jerry Brown to deal with all the bills on his desk. He has until midnight Friday night to sign, veto, or do nothing with them. He's already signed a bunch, like an Olympics bill setting aside $250 million for cost over-runs so that California can compete with Paris and Budapest to host the 2024 Olympics.
Humboldt Retirement Homes Force Out Residents
This week, the state department of public health approved a plan that would close three retirement homes in Humboldt County. All the homes are owned by a subsidary of Brius Healthcare, the largest nursing home provider in the state, which says the homes are short-staffed and losing money. Now, relatives of about 150 elderly nursing home residents in this rural area must find a new home for their loved ones.