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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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Jul 27, 2017

Details are still sparse in the fatal shooting of 40-year-old Justine Damond, an Australian national, by Minneapolis police on July 15. But what we do know points to a serious problem with the relationship between police and the people who rely on them for protection and safety.

Jul 25, 2017

The federal government doesn't record anything when police shoot civilians, and there's no national database to tell us how big or complex the problem is.

One newspaper journalist says he learned a lot requesting documents from more than 400 jurisdictions in his home state alone. In six years and more than 800 shootings, not one resulted in criminal charges.

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Jul 19, 2017

Ohio prosecutors have declined to seek a third trial against a white University of Cincinnati police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man during a 2015 traffic stop. 

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Jul 18, 2017

Some of the biggest banks and financial institutions had a big part in the 2008 crash. Millions lost homes, jobs and savings – yet no one at the top went to jail. Our guest, Pulitzer Prize-winner Jesse Eisinger of ProPublica, says it’s because federal prosecutors have joined the "chickenshit club."

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Jul 14, 2017

The latest bombshell development in the Trump-Russia affair -- news of Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer he hoped would provide him with incriminating information on Hillary Clinton -- has prompted some pretty intense rhetoric. Intimations of "treason," for instance. But does the concept apply here? We examine the legal definition of treason in the context of Trump and Russia. 

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Jul 11, 2017

We hear it all the time: law enforcement needs to change for the 21st century. But what does "21st century policing" actually mean?

Ronald Davis helped write the blueprint. He’ll tell us where policing is now, and where it needs to go.

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Jul 4, 2017

In the last 25 years, DNA has become a tool of unparalleled power, solving the coldest cases and overturning guilty verdicts based on faulty forensics, false confessions, and bad eyewitness identification. But what if it's not infallible, or even as good as it could be?

Cybergenetics founder Mark Perlin argues a new process for analyzing DNA using computers means we have to re-think our system for DNA analysis.

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