Los Angeles, CA. Are Skid Row street vagrants merely homeless or are they criminal drug addicts who choose to live lawlessly on the streets? The FULL DISCLOSURE NETWORK®presents a nine minute video preview from a two-part series covering the on-going debate over how to deal with the residents of the infamous Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles. At the center of the debate is whether or not the LAPD’s “Safer Cities Initiative” has been successful or is an improper use of public resources when dealing with vagrants living on the streets.

The series features prominent national and local authorities who hold strongly differing opinions many of whom participated a January 2008 Forum entitled “Policing Skid Row”sponsored by the New York based Manhattan Institute and the Santa Monica based Milken Institute. Those experts appearing in the series are:

  • William Bratton, Los Angeles Police Chief
  • Hon. Edwin Meese III, former U.S. Attorney General & Chief of Staff to California Governor Ronald Reagan
  • Torie Osborn, Sr. Advisor on Homeless to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
  • James Q. Wilson, Ronald Reagan Chair, Pepperdine University
  • George L. Kelling, Sr. Fellow Manhattan Institute & Prof. of Criminal Justice at Rutgers
  • Estela Lopez, Executive Director, Central City East Association
  • Heather Mac Donald, Manhattan Institute’s John Olin Fellow
  • Carol Wilkins, Director for Intergovernmental policy for Corporation for Supportive Housing
  • Leroy Baca, Los Angeles County Sheriff
  • Prof. Mark Kleiman, UCLA School of Public Affairs
  • Leslie Dutton, Host/Moderator

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