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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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Now displaying: October, 2016
Oct 27, 2016

The International Association of Chiefs of Police recently issued an apology for "historical injustices" against people of color by law enforcement officers. How significant is this statement, and how likely is it to influence police-community relations?

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Oct 25, 2016

For years, probation has meant reporting to your agent, obeying conditions set by the court, drug testing, and eventually, you screw up and go back to jail.

Wayne McKenzie, general counsel to the New York City Department of Probation, thinks there's a better way.

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Oct 18, 2016

DNA exonerations have proven that some people confess to serious crimes they didn’t commit, even without physical abuse or mental illness. But why? Are police interrogation techniques to blame, and what can we do to make sure this stops happening? 

Guest Richard Leo is one of the world’s experts on police interrogation and false confessions.

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Oct 14, 2016

We can't know definitively whether Donald Trump's taped remarks about groping women refer to events that actually took place as described. But if they did... did the GOP presidential nominee commit sexual assault? The answer, under New York law, is unequivocally 'yes.'

[Note: this episode quotes directly from the Trump tape, and therefore includes language that may not be suitable for children.]

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Oct 11, 2016

Since the mid 1980s, mandatory minimum drug sentences have served as the driving force behind the explosion in the federal prison population, and also the vast racial disproportionality in that population. A new documentary, Incarcerating US, released in September 2016, tells the story of how this happened, and the film features our guest, Eric Sterling.

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Oct 7, 2016

The fallout from recent police shootings has some questioning the value of body cameras as a check on improper use of force. But the technology can only be as helpful as the policy governing its use. Host David Harris breaks it down.

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Oct 4, 2016

Our vast criminal justice system forces us to think about big issues like fairness and safety. But what can we learn from a deep examination of a single case, in which we dive as far down as we can and learn every detail? We ask these questions of Serial host and co-producer Sarah Koenig, who regularly reports and produces stories for This American Life.

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