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In Contempt?, Model Treatment, Youth and Guns, First-Generation Swimmers | 7/26/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

IN CONTEMPT?

Natasha Williams reports on a Watchdog Group’s findings that some Orleans Parish judges are holding criminal defendants in contempt when they can’t afford to hire a lawyer. Hear what the Watchdog Group plans to do about this practice that they say is illegal.

MODEL TREATMENT

Health Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee was at the Brooking’s Institute this week, promoting the state’s new subscription model for getting hepatitis C treatment to Medicaid patients and prisoners. Other states are now looking at possibly following Louisiana’s lead. Andre’ Moreau asks Dr. Gee how this model might be used with other costly meds and what the impact would be.

PUBLIC SQUARE YOUTH AND GUNS

Louisiana leads the country in the rate of young people murdered through gun violence. Why are Louisiana’s younger residents so vulnerable to gun violence?

FIRST-GENERATION SWIMMERS

Summer swim lessons at Howell Park in Baton Rouge provide inner-city kids with a skill that is fundamental. Some of the parents of these very same kids never had that opportunity. Will Lurker is a lead swim instructor of this program. He looks at the role segregation played in the fact that many African Americans never learned how to swim and why these lessons are a milestone for many, producing first-generation swimmers.