Jim McDermott, S.J., is America’s Los Angeles correspondent.
In May 2013, along with the adjacent Men’s Central Jail, the Twin Towers jail ranked as one of the ten worst sites of incarceration in the United States, based on reporting in Mother Jones magazine: “Eyewitnesses, including several prison chaplains, have reported that attacks by deputies at the twin facilities are often unprovoked or brought on by the slightest infractions.”
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jim McDermottApril 08, 2019
County supervisors approved $2.2 billion in June 2018 to build a replacement with the notable amendment that the new facility would be designed with a focus on mental health and rehabilitation.
Sharon Hogan and Rob Delaney (photo: IMDB)
Arts & Culture Television
Jim McDermottMarch 22, 2019
The hit Amazon show asks: Can we really just be unapologetically ourselves?
Arts & Culture Television
Jim McDermottMarch 15, 2019
Anyone watching “Leaving Neverland” should come away with one fundamental question, and for Catholics, it is a familiar one: How did we not see this coming?
Faith Dispatches
Jim McDermottMarch 01, 2019
“We respect him and his office,” she told America. “But right now the issue of clergy sexual abuse is so much in the news, and the issue of covering up.” Cardinal Mahony, she said, is a “symbol of this.”
Faith Explainer
Jim McDermottFebruary 28, 2019
There are elements in the trial of Cardinal Pell that do not easily translate to a U.S. context, including a media blackout and the cardinal’s long history with the issues of sexual abuse and cover-up.
Arts & Culture Television
Jim McDermottFebruary 20, 2019
Like a new Netflix series, the church today seems caught in an endless loop of accusations and revelations.
Arts & Culture Art
Jim McDermottFebruary 07, 2019
The idea of mounting an exhibition that takes on the crisis of abuse seems both essential for the Catholic community right now and near impossible to render palatable.. Trina McKillen's "Confess" is now on view at L.M.U.’s Laband Art Gallery.
Arts & Culture Ideas
Jim McDermottFebruary 01, 2019
Hopepunk insists there are streams of life-giving water all around us—stories, people and experiences to which we can still turn for inspiration and renewal.
Michael Osborne, a film director, documents the damage from a mud slide next to his home in Los Angeles on Jan. 18, after three days of heavy rain. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jim McDermottJanuary 23, 2019
The conceit of California-as-disaster-movie is ridiculous. But maybe watching our fires and mudslides helps other states consider both their own fragility and their underlying strength.
A Honduran man carries his 3-year-old son as his daughter and other son follow to a transport vehicle after being detained by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents in San Luis, Ariz., on July 18. Federal judges in California have challenged more of the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy on illegal immigration. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jim McDermottDecember 21, 2018
Though they certainly knew what it was like to find their lives in danger, the Holy Family would find many of the trials undocumented migrants and refugees are asked to endure today incomprehensible.