Joseph Shapiro appears in the following:
Thursday, June 19, 2014
A controversial practice to tie, hold down or seclude agitated students mostly impacts kids with disabilities. Schools say it's for safety, but opponents say it's dangerous and a civil rights issue.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that local courts cannot charge indiscriminate fees to defendants.
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
U.S. lawmakers are feeling some urgency to solve the same problem: how to stop sending people to jail simply for failing to pay court fines and fees, often because they're too poor to afford them.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
An exclusive state-by-state survey by NPR found that 49 states now allow or require criminal defendants to pay for their court-ordered electronic monitoring bracelets.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
The use of fines and fees charged to criminal defendants has exploded. People who can't afford those charges can go to jail for not paying. Hundreds of thousands are hiding from police and the courts.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
In 1983, the high court ruled judges can't jail people because they're too poor to pay their fines and fees. But an NPR investigation found judges still use jail time as punishment for nonpayment.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
In the next installment of an NPR investigation, Joseph Shapiro goes to New Orleans to look at the ways poor people are charged for their public defender in court.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Debtors' prisons were outlawed in the United States back before the Civil War. But an NPR state-by-state survey found that people still get sent to jail for unpaid court fines and fees.
Monday, May 19, 2014
An NPR investigation has found an explosion in the use of fees charged to criminal defendants across the country, which has created a system of justice that targets the poor.
Friday, May 02, 2014
The White House told colleges and universities to take tougher actions to stop sexual assault. The Education Department released a list of schools under investigation for their handling of assaults.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Data from the Department of Education show an increase in sexual assault reports, but college officials say new federal guidelines are helping more students come forward.
Thursday, April 03, 2014
The vast majority of people, including soldiers, with PTSD, depression or other mental illness are not violent. Psychiatrists doubt the latest shooting at Fort Hood could have been predicted.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
The former dental surgeon went to prison for a long-running scheme to obtain human bodies and then harvest their tissue for sale. He admitted guilt in 2008 and was sentenced to up to 58 years in prison. He died Sunday of cancer.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
NPR correspondent Joseph Shapiro and his 15-year-old daughter, Eva, were blown away by the quality of teen writing at last week's Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in New York. While schools might debate the best way to teach writing, teen writers will seek a creative outlet no matter what.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
With the death of a possible suspect in one notorious case, activists are weighing the FBI's efforts to tackle cases from the 1950s and '60s. Some are calling for a congressional hearing to see whether the FBI has done enough investigating.
Friday, May 03, 2013
A white off-duty constable shot and killed a paraplegic black man in Fayette, Miss., in 1965. Despite new witnesses who have memories of what happened that day, there's still not enough evidence to say whether Jasper Burchfield's claim of self-defense is true.
Thursday, March 07, 2013
When President Obama signs an updated version of the Violence Against Women Act on Thursday afternoon, the law will include new requirements for how colleges and universities handle allegations of sexual assault.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Connecticut's state Appellate Court ordered a new trial for Richard Lapointe, saying prosecutors wrongly withheld potentially important evidence. Lapointe, who has brain damage, confessed in 1989 that he stabbed, raped and killed his wife's 88-year-old grandmother two years earlier. His supporters believe he falsely confessed to murder.
Friday, September 07, 2012
Thursday, September 06, 2012
South African Oscar Pistorius failed in his attempt to win the 100-meter sprint and regain his title as the world's fastest amputee, losing to Great Britain's Jonnie Peacock. American Richard Browne, 21, of Jackson, Miss., won the silver medal.