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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: August, 2017
Aug 29, 2017

Criminal Injustice returns with a new season on Sept. 5, 2017. Until then, we're reposting some of our favorites. This episode originally aired June 20, 2017. 

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Being a federal judge is a lawyer’s dream job – lifetime tenure, sophisticated cases, and a good salary, too. So why did Kevin Sharp, a well-respected federal trial judge, give all this up just six years in?

Mandatory minimums are a problem for a lot of people on both sides of American courts, especially in the age of Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump.

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Aug 22, 2017

Criminal Injustice returns with a new season on Sept. 5, 2017. Until then, we're reposting some of our favorites. This episode originally aired May 2, 2017. 

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The Stingray is a new technology that allows police to gather all the cell phone signals in a whole area at any time – without a warrant or any accountability. And if you ask for information about it: permission denied.

Adam Bates studies the secret use of Stingray devices at the Cato Institute in Washington D.C.

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Aug 15, 2017

Criminal Injustice returns with a new season on Sept. 5, 2017. Until then, we're reposting some of our favorite past episodes. This episode originally appeared Jan. 31, 2017. 

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The largest provider of services to the mentally ill in America is not a health care provider – it is the criminal justice system. And on any given day, Chicago's Cook County Jail is actually the largest mental health institution in the entire country.

Sheriff Tom Dart runs the facility, and he's radically changed how the system in Chicago treats the mentally ill.

Aug 8, 2017

Criminal Injustice returns with a new season on Sept. 5, 2017. Until then, we're reposting some of our favorite past episodes. This episode originally appeared Oct. 4, 2016. 

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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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Aug 2, 2017

There's been a vocal response to President Trump's remarks before an audience of police officers last week, when he seemed to encourage rough handling of suspects. The president's defenders say it was a joke, but many law enforcement professionals aren't laughing.

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Aug 1, 2017

Criminal Injustice returns with a new season on September 5th, 2017. Until then, we're reposting some of our favorite past episodes. This episode originally appeared Sept. 12, 2016. 

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The prosecutor sits in a powerful position in the American criminal justice system, deciding who to charge and with what, and wielding significant discretion.

Some prosecutors use this power to focus narrowly on crime, but San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon uses his office to attempt to better the system, increase public safety, and make his city a stronger community.

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