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How One Gang Took Control of a Baltimore Jail

Friday, April 11, 2014

Until recently, the Baltimore City Detention Center was controlled not by correctional officers, but by the Black Guerrilla Family gang, which managed a complex organized crime ring that extended outside the walls of the jail.

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The Takeaway

Should We Give Prisoners a College Education? | What Sebelius's Resignation Means for the ACA | Colin Firth on Torture, Redemption & 'The Railway Man'

Friday, April 11, 2014

Should We Give Prisoners a College Education? | How One Gang Took Control of a Baltimore Jail | What Sebelius's Resignation Means for the ACA & Midterm Elections | Movie Reviews of This Week's Big Releases | Colbert Sheds Character for 'Late Show' Chair | What 'Heartbleed' Says About What ...

The Brian Lehrer Show

A Thumb on the Scales of Justice in NYS?

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Kate Pastor, freelance journalist and former editor-in-chief of The Riverdale Press, talks about New York's stringent evidence-sharing rules (tougher than those in Texas!) and efforts to require prosecutors to be more forthcoming with material that could aid criminal defendants.

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WNYC News

De Blasio Pledges 'Reform' With 4 New Criminal Justice Picks

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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Department of Correction appointee Joseph Ponte comes to the city from Maine where he built a reputation as a reformer.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: The Future of Marijuana Laws in NYC

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

It’s Public Safety Week on the Brian Lehrer Show’s election series “30 issues in 30 Days.” See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

Both Joe Lhota and Bill de Blasio have indicated that they would decriminalize certain types of marijuana usage and try to reform the way New York City treats marijuana arrests. Gabriel Sayegh, New York Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, discuss their proposals and the future of drug policy under the next mayor and police commissioner.

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WNYC News

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

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Donovan Drayton was arrested and accused of murder days after a 30-year-old man’s bullet-riddled body was found in the doorway of a single-family home in South Jamaica Queens.

Drayton, a 19-year-old with no criminal record, said he was innocent. But given the severity of the charges, a judge refused to grant bail. So he was sent to Rikers Island pending trial. And there he waited.

And waited.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Cutting Drug Sentences

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Glenn E. Martin, vice president of development and public affairs of Fortune Society, a New York-based prisoner re-entry advocacy group, talks about the U.S. Justice Department's new policy to avoid mandatory minimum money and lives through prison reform.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Stop-and-Frisk Monitor for the NYPD

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A federal judge has decided that the NYPD needs a monitor to oversee stop-and-frisk. Samuel Walker, emeritus professor of criminal justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and author of several works on civil liberties and police oversight, including Presidents and Civil Liberties From Wilson to Obama, explains the authority a monitor would have and other examples of such oversight from around the country.

 

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WNYC News

Commissioner Kelly Defends Shooting of Bronx Teen

Sunday, August 04, 2013

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The rookie officer who fatally shot an armed teenager was left without another option because Shaaliver Douse didn't drop his weapon as instructed, said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly on Sunday.

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WNYC News

As Police Bills Are Vetoed, Commissioner Defends Tactics

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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Mayor Mike Bloomberg vetoed a pair of City Council bills proposing more police oversight on Tuesday, including one that would expand the definition of racial profiling. The veto came the same day Police Commissioner Ray Kelly defended his approach to crime fighting.

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The Takeaway

FBI Review: Exaggerated Evidence in 27 Death Penalty Cases

Friday, July 19, 2013

The FBI and Department of Justice have flagged 27 death penalty convictions for federal review. The review was triggered last year by a Washington Post report and asserts that FBI hair examiners had used faulty forensics that may have led to convictions of potentially innocent people. Peter Neufeld, co-founder and director of Innocence, joins us to discuss the findings and the potential problems with forensic science.

The Department of Justice and the FBI are raising questions about forensic evidence used to get convictions.
Twenty-seven death penalty convictions have been flagged so far as part of a federal review. The review was triggered last year by a Washington Post report and asserts that FBI hair examiners had used faulty forensics that may have led to convictions of potentially innocent people. The review is ongoing and the full results will be published later this ye

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WNYC News

City Youth Say They're Walking in Trayvon's Shadow

Monday, July 15, 2013

WNYC

As the debate about the verdict in the George Zimmerman case rages on, some of the most personal conversations about the case are going on between young black men and their friends. Teens and young adults in Coney Island shared what's on their minds in the aftermath of the polarizing verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. 

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WNYC News

City Would Pay for Court-Ordered NYPD Monitor

Monday, July 15, 2013

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If plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the NYPD’s stop and frisk policy prevail, a likely outcome would be the appointment of an independent monitor. If so, the city will be the one footing the bill.

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The Takeaway

Black Americans Arrested for Marijuana Possession at Far Higher Rate

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

According to new federal data, about half of all drug arrests in 2011 and 2010 were for marijuana use. But even though usage rates for marijuana are similar among whites and blacks, black Americans, according to this data, were nearly four times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession. Carl Hart is professor of psychology at Columbia University and drug researcher.

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The Takeaway

Arrest Made in the Texas DA Killings

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A breaking story in Texas involves the double murder of the Kaufman County district attorney and his wife last month. The killings of Mike McLelland, his wife Cynthia and an Assistant District Attorney, Mark Hasse, was investigated as a possible right wing militia killing but it turns out to be a former employee and his wife on a vendetta of revenge.

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New Jersey News

Report: NJ County Jails Clogged with People Awaiting Trial

Monday, April 08, 2013

A new report shows New Jersey's county jails are full of people who could not afford bail and are currently awaiting trial.

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Radiolab

Reasonable Doubt

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

On July 29th, 1985, a 36-year-old woman named Penny Beerntsen went for a jog on the beach near her home. About a mile into her run, she passed a man in a leather jacket, said hello and kept running. On her way back, he re-appeared. What happened next would cause ...

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Radiolab

Are You Sure?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Stories about walking the tightrope between doubt and certainty.

 

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WNYC News

Victim Shines Spotlight on Definition of Rape

Thursday, March 07, 2013

A New York woman is leading the fight to change the way New York State defines rape. 

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WNYC News

Bondsmen Pan Bail Overhaul Plan

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

“The professional bail bondsman brings important benefits for society. Changing the effective system of the status quo would be not only a mistake but catastrophic.”

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