Joseph Shapiro

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Alabama Settlement Could Be Model For Handling Poor Defendants In Ferguson, Mo.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

There may be a model for court reform in Ferguson, Mo., in a legal settlement that happened quietly this week in Alabama.

The city of Montgomery agreed to new polices to avoid jailing people who say they are too poor to pay traffic tickets. In that Alabama city, as ...


Campus Sexual Assault Law Now Includes Language On Same-Sex Violence

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The Campus SaVE Act clarifies the rights of victims of same-sex sexual attacks to go to local police, get referrals for health care and be guaranteed a fair hearing process.


In Ferguson, Mo., Before Michael Brown There Was Henry Davis

Friday, September 12, 2014

In 2009, Henry Davis was charged with destruction of property after he scuffled with police officers and his blood dirtied their uniforms.


Ferguson's Plan To Cut Back On Court Fees Could Inspire Change

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The council in the Missouri town met Tuesday for the first time since the shooting of Michael Brown. A plan introduced would address one source of tension: heavy collection of court fines and fees.


In Ferguson, Court Fines And Fees Fuel Anger

Monday, August 25, 2014

The protests in Ferguson are a response to the shooting death of Michael Brown, but the heavy use of court fines and fees helps explain why there's so much anger directed at local police.


National Data Confirm Cases Of Restraint And Seclusion In Public Schools

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.


Michigan's High Court Limits The Fees Billed To Defendants

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that local courts cannot charge indiscriminate fees to defendants.


Facing Doubts About Court Fines, Lawmakers Take Questions To Heart

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.


Measures Aimed At Keeping People Out Of Jail Punish The Poor

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.


Court Fees Drive Many Poor Defendants Underground

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.


Supreme Court Ruling Not Enough To Prevent Debtors Prisons

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.


Big Fees For The Big Easy's Poorest Defendants

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.


Unpaid Court Fees Land The Poor In 21st Century Debtors' Prisons

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.

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As Court Fees Rise, The Poor Are Paying The Price

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.


Feds List Schools Under Investigation For Abuse Claims

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.


Campus Rape Reports Are Up, And Assaults Aren't The Only Reason

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.


Shooting Unfairly Links Violence With Mental Illness — Again

Thursday, April 03, 2014

With the Army's disclosure that Army Spc. Ivan Lopez was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder before he went on a shooting rampage Wednesday, there were once again questions about whether the Army could have prevented the violence at Fort Hood.

Experts in mental health say (even as more ...


Mastermind Of 'Body Stealing' Scheme Dies

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Dr. Michael Mastromarino died Sunday after battling liver and bone cancer. He was 49.

Mastromarino pleaded guilty to "body stealing." In 2008, he was sentenced to up to 58 years in prison.

But he continued to insist that he'd been misunderstood. He spoke to NPR, working with the International Consortium ...


Amid Dropping Test Scores, Teen Writers' Creativity Soars

Thursday, June 13, 2013

NPR correspondent Joseph Shapiro and his daughter Eva spent the weekend at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Eva, 15, won the "Best in Grade" award, one of two for ninth-grade writers, for a short story. She takes writing classes with Writopia Lab in Washington, D.C.

To hear recent ...


Turning Up The Heat On Civil Rights-Era Cold Cases

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Six years ago, the FBI took on a challenge: To review what it called cold-case killings from the civil rights era. The investigation into 112 cases from the 1950s and 1960s is winding down, and civil rights activists are weighing the FBI's efforts.

The review comes with word this week ...