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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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Nov 29, 2016

The NAACP used the legal system to overcome "separate but equal," desegregate schools and public facilities, and bring some measure of equal justice to African Americans living under Jim Crow laws in the U.S. What role does this legendary organization have in the era of Black Lives Matter, and how would Thurgood Marshall feel about it all? LDF Litigation Director Christina Swarns weighs in.

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Nov 22, 2016

Stand Your Ground Laws say people can defend themselves using force, even deadly force, in any public place where they have a right to be. When they passed more than a decade ago, proponents promised we’d be safer from crime -- especially violence and murder.  

Dr. John Roman, a senior researcher at NORC-University of Chicago, tells us what the facts actually show.

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Nov 17, 2016

Can President Donald Trump order local law enforcement to practice stop-and-frisk policing? Criminal Injustice host David Harris weighs in.

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Nov 15, 2016

Do the legal rules for using deadly force, set by the Supreme Court in the 1980s, still make sense? Do they protect the officer and the public, or is it time to change how police make the decision to take a life? Author, expert and former officer David Klinger talks police-involved shootings, cell phone video and best practices for deescalation.

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Nov 11, 2016

What will the U.S. Department of Justice look like under President Trump? And how will its role in overseeing local law enforcement change? We unpack a few of the possible scenarios.

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Nov 8, 2016

When a sexual assault occurs, police encourage the victim to complete a “rape kit” – a standardized procedure to collect evidence needed to find and prosecute the assailant. But instead of rapid usage of this evidence, tens of thousands of the completed kits still sit in police warehouses – untested and waiting.

Dr. Kelly Walsh, forensic scientist at the Urban Institute, helps us understand what's behind the huge failure and what we need to do about it.

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Nov 2, 2016

Host David Harris takes a deep dive on recent SCOTUS cases that grapple with the role of race in criminal justice.

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Nov 1, 2016

When police officers get into deep trouble, we think their law enforcement careers end. But some of them resign before they’re canned, and then move on to serve – and create new and bigger problems -- in other police departments.

Professor Roger Goldman has been the top expert on the issue for years.

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