Series
KCET Journal
Episode
Crimes of Neglect
Producing Organization
KCET (Television station : Los Angeles, Calif.)
Contributing Organization
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
AAPB ID
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Episode Description
"'Crimes of Neglect' a KCET JOURNAL special report reveals that the police have become the primary caretakers for runaway kids, homeless alcoholics and the mentally ill in Los Angeles. "The program focuses upon the revolving door dilemma that consumes considerable police resources yet provides homeless victims, families and their friends with little of the help they desperately need. The documentary follows cases of teenage runaways picked up by the police in Hollywood and the anguished lives of homeless alcoholics and the mentally ill."--1986 Peabody Awards entry form./p> Discusses the various responses, from law enforcement and from social services, to people who live on the streets. Follows the day-to-day work of Los Angeles police officers who are the primary contact between houseless populations and the state. Other interviewees include mental health workers, prosecutors, and recovery facility directors who all comment on the lack of resources available for people needing social services and the hyper-reliance on the police to address the problems that lead to houselessness. Presented in three segments: Stay off my Boulevard! Looks at runaways and homeless youth. Includes interviews with officers Alan Holmes, Billy Berndt, and Jim Tiampo; Detective Ed Hocking; Santa Monica Police chief James Keane; social worker Mollie Lowery of LA Men's Place; assemblyman Bruce Bronzan; city attorney Robert Myers; Pat Barrett of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce; deputy city attorney Alan Dahle; Dr. Lois Lee of Children of the Night; Riding Shotgun for Mental Health: Sandie Taylor with L.A. County Department of Mental Health works with the police department to take get help for the mentally ill whose actions lead to police involvement. Sergeant Stan Freeman is interviewed; Janice Payne, mental health counselor at the jail, is seen interviewing patients. Suing for Sobriety: Robert Sundance has been jailed over 600 times because of his alcoholism; Tim McFlynn with the Public Justice Foundation talks about changes to laws relating to public drunkenness and the Sundance decision; footage of the Weingart Rehabilitation Center; Joe Huertas talks about referrals to longterm treatment facilities such as his center. Back to Detention: The programs to decriminalize the treatment of alcoholics, runaways and the mentally ill lack the resources, the beds and budgets to satisfy the need; this could lead to a resumption of institutionalizing these groups.
Broadcast Date
1986-07-23
Asset type
Episode
Media type
Moving Image
Duration
00:58:34.978
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Credits
Producing Organization: KCET (Television station : Los Angeles, Calif.)
AAPB Contributor Holdings
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia
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Format: U-matic
Duration: 0:57:30
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Citations
Chicago: “KCET Journal; Crimes of Neglect,” 1986-07-23, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed June 28, 2022, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-xw47p8vr93.
MLA: “KCET Journal; Crimes of Neglect.” 1986-07-23. The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. June 28, 2022. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-xw47p8vr93>.
APA: KCET Journal; Crimes of Neglect. Boston, MA: The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-xw47p8vr93