Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Anderson Cooper 360 - America's Prison Problem

Anderson Cooper anchored an expanded 2 hour edition of AC360 from the NYC studio.  In the second hour there was a report from Anderson on America's prison problem.  Now we know the reason for his trip to Chicago last week; he interviewed Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart who has speaking out on incarceration of the mentally ill.

Part 1:

Part 2;

Follow up panel with Van Jones &  Mark Holden, General Council for Koch Industries

Tom Dart tweeted out the following last week ~

And AC360 tweeted out the following photos today ~

TVNewser posted the following article today ~

CNN’s Anderson Cooper: ‘There Has to Be a Better Way’
By Mark Joyella on Mar. 23, 2015 - 6:32 PM

CNN’s Anderson Cooper says it was “eye-opening” to talk to inmates at Chicago’s Cook County Jail–often described as a dumping ground for people with mental illness and few options for treatment other than incarceration.

“It’s great that they receive some treatment in jail,” Cooper told TVNewser. “But there has to be a better way to help people struggling with mental illness that doesn’t depend on them committing a criminal offense.”

Cooper interviewed inmates–some of whom have never committed a violent crime, but spent more than half their lives locked up–and Sheriff Thomas Dart, an advocate for reform who recently told The New York Times of the sad irony in Cook County: “the same society that abhorred the idea that we lock people up in mental hospitals, now we lock people up in jails.”

The special report airs on CNN’s “AC 360″ tonight at 9 p.m.

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Jaanza said...

I saw only the first hour of 360 (minus five minutes at the start); I usually don't watch the second hour of 360 because most of the time it's the same stories that were in the first hour. Here on ATA is the first I've heard of Anderson's special report on the mentally ill in prisons. I'll make time to watch it later when I can get on the better computer.

Monday's 360 had a good variety of news stories. The big ones I saw were:
- the Rolling Stone story on rapes at Univ. of Virginia and the police there stating there was not a "substantial basis" for going forward with their investigation; Sunny Hostin and Timothy Longo paneled.
- Ted Cruz announced his official bid for President in 2016. Jeff Zeleny had the report and John King, Kevin Madden and Ana Navarro were in the panel. Navarro got a bonus point from me when she said Cruz spoke for 30 minutes without a teleprompter and "when was the last time we saw that from President Obama or any national politician?" Navorro got a point for including other politicians and not singling out Obama.
- the ISIS hit list of 100 U.S. military personnel; Anderson talked to Michael Weiss and Lt. Gen. Mark Herting.
- follow-up on the lead story (which I missed) of Obama's niece having been threatened at a basketball game.
- the latest on Robert Durst: denied bail and connected to a case in Vermont. Jean Cesarez with the report then a Q&A with Jeffrey Toobin.
- Gary Tuchman interviewed a 104-year-old woman.

All in all, a very decent news hour but nothing intriguing enough to keep me from checking out what Hayes was covering.

aries moon said...

The 360 prison special was well done but knowing that a rep from Koch Industries was a part of the program made me very uncomfortable--the ultra conservative Koch Brothers are monsters in my view--maybe they're on the right side of the issue regarding excessive incarceration, but they are dead wrong and dangerous to our democracy on the majority of the issues they back--they are trying to reshape the nation in a way that takes us backwards and that is a frightening prospect.

I don't usually watch the CNN documentaries and I really don't like them taking up time on 360 by the doc AC showed a preview of interested me because it was about the early days of computer hacking and had lots of references to one of my favorite movies, "WarGames".

Anonymous said...

One of the young men in your background is known to me. He is not mental but just garbage and caniving piece of dirt who stole thousands of dollars worth of electronic equipment from a nursing home Seems you need to do some more research here too

The ATA Team said...

@Anon 11:33AM The only person on the ATA background is Anderson. If you are speaking about someone in the background of the photos of Anderson at the Cook County Jail, we simply posted photos that someone else posted to social media and indicated as such.

I think everyone realizes that not everyone in the Cook County Jail or any jail, is mentally ill or there for minor offenses. The story covered by AC360 centered on the prison problem. It did not state that everyone in jail is mentally ill or committed a minor offense. Sorry for your experience.

Jaanza said...

Tuesday's 360 was almost entirely on the Flight 9525 crash; a terrific show for anyone intensely interested in the crash but I was hoping for a segment on Presidential candidate Ted Cruz's statement about signing up for "Obamacare" and that the program wasn't as horrible as he thought. Although Cruz and the ACA was the first story in a longer than usual Bulletin, I thought the subject deserved more time. Hayes gave it a segment.

The coverage of Flight 9525 was exhaustive and pulled in a lot of reporters and pundits. I liked seeing Richard Quest again but felt the discussions were getting redundant after a while.

The constant use of the "LIVE" icon for non-live reports is a quibble I come back to again and again. This got to be ridiculous on Tuesday when Anderson interviewed a French man about the crash site. The man answered in French; English subtitles were on the screen. This was allegedly LIVE and whoever was doing the subtitles must have been psychic, putting the English translation for the full sentence before the French man had completed the sentence.
This is the sort of thing that Anderson would make fun of in the Ridiculist if another news channel had done it.