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The Brian Lehrer Show

Campus Sexual Assault Policies Are Changing

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education issued guidelines to colleges for handling sexual assault allegations, but advocates argue the resulting changes don't go far enough. 

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PRI's The World

Gunmen pull off a movie-style heist on a Saudi prince's motorcade

Monday, August 18, 2014

Heavily armed men pulled off a dramatic heist near Paris on Sunday. The attackers hit a Saudi prince's motorcade and made off with cash and sensitive documents — but no one has figured out why.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Street Arrests in America, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Eric Garner. Michael Brown. Why do police encounters over minor infractions escalate so quickly?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Chief Judge on Punishing Juvenile Offenders

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Chief Judge of New York State explains why he thinks the age of criminal responsibility should be raised.

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The Takeaway

Maryland Frees 70 Inmates Over Judicial Flaws

Monday, August 11, 2014

Maryland's highest court has ruled that judges have been giving juries flawed instructions before deliberations, which has led to the release of over 70 inmates. The new Court of Appeals ruling has brought about an intense debate, raising questions about retrying decades-old cases.

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PRI's The World

Tens of thousands of Central American children are fleeing their homes — except in Nicaragua

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Over the past year, the US Border Patrol has apprehended tens of thousands of Central American children crossing the US-Mexico border alone. So why are kids from Nicaragua, the region’s poorest country, staying at home?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ticketing Bias: Broken Windows and Summons Data

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The Daily News has obtained data about summons (from the NYCLU) and found a racial disparity in how the tickets are given out. Rocco Parascandola, police bureau chief for the New York Daily Newstalks about the findings and how it fits into Broken Windows policing -- plus how it compares to the bias in Stop and Frisk.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Rikers for Teens: 'A Deep-Seated Culture of Violence'

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

After a federal report found a pattern of abuses against teen prisoners, hear from a caller inside the prison about what conditions are really like.

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WNYC News

NYPD's Involvement Hikes Arrests for Animal Cruelty

Monday, August 04, 2014

Since police took the lead role in responding to animal cases in January, the ASPCA says the number of animal rescues and arrests for cruelty have actually gone up in New York City.

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PRI's The World

London launches a program to curb boozy criminals — by making them wear ankle monitors

Thursday, July 31, 2014

It's London's latest fashion accessory for criminals — the alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet.

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The Takeaway

Police Chief: Marijuana-Related Crimes on the Rise

Thursday, July 31, 2014

While The New York Times editorial board has enthusiastically endorsed legalizing marijuana across the country, not everyone is so sure. Communities neighboring states where the drug is now legal are increasingly worried about increases in marijuana-related crimes.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Cory Booker and Rand Paul Join Forces on Prison Reform

Thursday, July 31, 2014

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, a Democrat, talks about legislation he and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, a Republican, have introduced, called the REDEEM Act, to reform the criminal justice system. REDEEM stands for Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment, and also aims to increase the age of criminal responsibility.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How to Fix Broken Windows

Monday, July 28, 2014

A string of police abuse stemming from low-level crime arrests has opened up questions about whether Commissioner Bratton's "broken windows" is back, and whether it's working. With The New York Times editorializing against both Broken Windows and marijuana criminalization, we assess the policy with Josmar Trujillo, an organizer with New Yorkers Against Bratton, who has written that many New Yorkers were "fooled by the campaign rhetoric of...Mayor Bill de Blasio."

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WNYC News

Thousands Line Jersey City Streets for Funeral of Fallen Police Officer

Friday, July 18, 2014

WNYC

Officer Melvin Santiago's life was celebrated in Jersey City, but his death has raised fear among residents.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A 'Culture of Brutality' on Rikers Island

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A New York Times investigation found that Department of Corrections guards at Rikers Island had beaten inmates so severely they required outside medical attention. The Times' Michael Winerip and Michael Schwirtz discuss their reporting.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Six Months In, Has de Blasio Ended 'Stop-and-Frisk Era'?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A promise to change how the NYPD conducts stops was a centerpiece of the mayor's campaign. Now stops are way down, as is overall crime, but shootings are up, particularly in housing projects. We assess six months of the de Blasio-Bratton era, and hear from you on how the new policing style is shaking out.

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The Takeaway

Why Environmental Crime Goes Unpunished

Monday, July 14, 2014

A new investigation finds that existing environmental regulations are rarely enforced — and environmental crimes are almost never prosecuted.

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Schoolbook

Fatal Stabbing Highlights Persistent Problems at Bronx Middle School

Monday, July 14, 2014

But the problems at Intermediate School 117, where a student allegedly killed a classmate in June, aren't that different from those of any other struggling school in a tough neighborhood.

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On The Media

Online Supersleuths

Friday, July 11, 2014

There's an estimated 40,000 unidentified human remains in the United States. When writer Deborah Halber heard this figure, she did some research and discovered a thriving community of internet sleuths who spend hours trying to attach names to these John and Jane Does. Brooke speaks to Halber about her new book, The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America’s Coldest Cases.

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On The Media

Getting Fired for a FOIA, A Chicago Crime Reporter, Cold Cases and More

Friday, July 11, 2014

A CIA agent gets fired over a FOIA request, the truth behind the current immigration crisis, and the Chicago Tribune’s overnight crime reporter on covering endless shootings.