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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: May, 2018
May 31, 2018

A disability lawyer in Texas demonstrates why, when you're in a hole, it's best to stop digging.

May 29, 2018

The word “torture” conjures images of Abu Ghraib in Iraq, or waterboarding at CIA black sites. But in the 70s and 80s, torture went on in parts of the Chicago Police Department for years. We’ll learn what happened, and we’ll talk about the consequences for civilians and the justice system.

Steve Mills is a veteran journalist and Deputy Editor of ProPublica Illinois

May 27, 2018

A recent conversation on 90.5 WESA's The Confluence about cash-strapped municipalities consolidating their law enforcement agencies.

May 24, 2018

Donald Trump demands an internal investigation into whether the FBI planted an informant in his presidential campaign. That duty that falls to the Inspector General of the Justice Department. What does this lesser-known office actually do?

May 22, 2018

John from Dayton is a government teacher whose students have questions about the impeachment process. We break it down in another "Ask Dave" bonus episode.

May 18, 2018

Analysis of two U.S. Supreme Court decisions handed down this week upholding defendants' rights.

May 15, 2018

We know there are real criminals out there, people who need to go to prison. But what happens when a criminal admits his crimes, but goes to prison for something he swears he did not do -- a notorious double homicide? This is the story of drug dealer Calvin Buari, presented by journalist Steve Fishman in the new podcast Empire on Blood. Fishman talks to us about how he got obsessed with the case for seven years – and what he learned along the way.

May 13, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the War on Drugs has been "a roaring success," and that ending stop-and-frisk practices caused crime to spike. The evidence says otherwise.

May 11, 2018

Bobbie from Virginia is haunted by her experience serving on a jury that she thinks reached the wrong verdict due to the bullying of two fellow jurors. She asks: what can courts do to mitigate the influence of abusive personalities on jury proceedings?

May 9, 2018

What are pattern-or-practice consent decrees? Trisha wants to know more about how they're being applied in her home city of Baltimore and other cities.

May 1, 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice enforces the federal Constitution and statutes, and has the lead role in upholding the rule of law. But in the last year and a half, DOJ has received withering criticism and outright denunciation from the president. What’s the impact on the Department, and the rule of law? Laura Jarrett – attorney and CNN Washington correspondent, who covers the Department of Justice -  gives us her take.

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