Patt Morrison for April 11, 2006

Security Officers Get Their Own Union

At noon today, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the formation of a security officer-only local Los Angeles union. KPCC reporter Frank Stoltze was there.

Recidivism Rates Drop

Less than 40% of the inmates released from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation found their way back behind bars one year after their release. While this rate, nearly 4 in 10 may sound high; it is the lowest rate in 25 years. JP Tremblay, Assistant Secretary for Communications for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Barry Krisberg President of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency join Patt to discuss what these numbers may mean for California.

The Great Transformation - Karen Armstrong

Violence based on ethnic and religious differences is a recurring theme nowadays. From Muslim rioting over Danish cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad to sectarian violence and the possibility of all out civil war in Iraq, topics of the sort make the news daily. In The Great Transformation (Knopf), religious historian Karen Armstrong examines the origins of religious traditions and how they have responded to violence and intolerance throughout history. Armstrong joins Patt Morrison in studio to talk about her new book and share her insight on these issues. Armstrong will be speaking and signing books at Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church, Pasadena, Wednesday, April 12, 7pm. For more info: www.uuneighborhood.org
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