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Criminal (In)justice

Problems with police, prosecutors and courts have people asking: is our criminal justice system broken? University of Pittsburgh law professor David Harris interviews the people who know the system best, and hears their best ideas for fixing it. Criminal (In)justice is an independent production created in partnership with 90.5 WESA, Pittsburgh's NPR News Station.
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Apr 26, 2016

When there‚Äôs a bad shooting by police, local prosecutors seldom take action. Federal prosecutors can step in, but they rarely do. Why? And even when they do, why do they lose these cases so often?

Mark Kappelhoff is clinical professor of law at the University of Minnesota, and served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Dept. of Justice.

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Apr 19, 2016

For too long, the police "warrior" culture has relied on the use of force as its ultimate tool. But one high-ranking veteran officer and his colleagues have re-imagined police work: they give everyone unconditional respect. And it works.

Capt. Charles "Chip" Huth is a commander in the Central Patrol Division of the Kansas City (MO) Police Department, and the co-author of Unleashing the Power of Unconditional Respect: Transforming Law Enforcement and Police Training (2010).

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Apr 12, 2016

Racial bias in the criminal justice system isn't just about old-school bigots. The real problem is unconscious bias in the minds of most of us, including police. How does this impact life-and-death police work?

Melba Pearson is Assistant District Attorney in Miami-Dade, Florida, and President of the National Black Prosecutors Association.

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Apr 5, 2016

Sometimes a local law enforcement agency is so dysfunctional that the federal government has to get involved. What does a top-to-bottom overhaul of an entire police department look like?

Sam Walker is Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska, and a leading expert on police accountability. 

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