Opinion in America is often sharply divided over medical malpractice litigation. Some say that the advocacy system in the only sure way for patients to get proper redress. Others, including those wanting to simplify and cap lawsuits through tort reform, believe the system is wasteful, churning out settlements at a high cost to taxpayers and doctors alike.
In 2010, Republicans won a decisive majority in the US House of Representatives and in many state legislatures around the nation. And lawmakers in several of those states have cut funding to Planned Parenthood and other family planning organizations.
Jeff Greenfield speaks with Adam Gelb, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on correction policies, about Texas’s policy of keeping fewer convicts in prison.
What’s the root cause of overcrowding in our prisons? And what can other states learn from Texas’ remarkable bipartisan efforts to reform its prison system?
How did an unlikely alliance between left and right lead to a revolution in how criminals are treated in Texas? Need to Know’s Maria Hinojasa explains.
Alison Stewart talks to Ken Herman of the Austin American-Statesman about Governor Rick Perry’s accomplishments in Texas and his national ambitions.