Cops & Courts


Sun May 10, 2015
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What's it Really Like to be a Cop? What are Cops Really Like?

Interview with retired Oakland and San Jose police officer Pat Boyd. He's also seen things from another side: His daughter was abducted and murdered.

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Mon May 4, 2015
Cops & Courts

The Corridor: documenting education in jail

Education is considered a way out of the prison system and poverty. Yet ironically, for some people education is more attainable from behind bars. Inside San Bruno Jail #5 is the Five Keys Charter school. It’s one of the nation’s first high schools within a jail, and the subject of a documentary now in production called "The Corridor."  KALW's Leila Day sat down with filmmakers Annelise Wunderlich and Richard O'Connell to learn more.

RICHARD O'CONNELL: It’s like a domino effect. Suddenly you have a different experience. And you experience that you can actually do things and get things done, and there’s hope. 

To hear the full interview, please click on the audio link above.

To learn more about the fundraising for the project click the link for their Kickstarter campaign :


Mon May 4, 2015
Cops & Courts

Expanding minds behind bars

Prison University Project Graduates of 2013, Front row left to right: Aly Tamboura, Thao Nou, Second row left to right: Kenyota Gray, Allen Webb, Quinton Walker, Third Row left to right: Tommy Winfrey, A. Terrell Merritt, Erin O’Connor
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The Prison University Project is the only on-site degree college program in California's entire prison system. It's housed at San Quentin and the tuition-free program is so popular that prisoners across the state try to transfer to San Quentin to participate. San Quentin Prison Report's Tommy Shakur Ross tells the story of what happens when inmates go back to school.

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Wed April 15, 2015
Cops & Courts

Your Call: What will it take for police departments to reward good cops and get rid of the bad ones?

What will it take for police departments to reward good cops and get rid of the bad ones? On the April 15th edition of Your Call, we’ll continue our series on police, community, race and justice. Former New York City police detective Frank Serpico says police have been setting up suspects with false testimony for decades. In light of the recent deadly shooting in South Carolina, Serpico says it’s time to create an atmosphere where crooked cops fear honest cops. What will it take to get there? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.


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Thu April 9, 2015
Cops & Courts

You're being watched: Surveillance in Oakland

A heat map from the Electronic Frontier Foundation's study of ALPR hotspots in Oakland


Surveillance and privacy issues have been in the news a lot in the past few years. Perhaps the biggest news was made by by Edward Snowden, who leaked information about the NSA’s massive collection of American citizens' cell phone data. But the privacy debate has also hit closer to home. You may remember last spring, when the Oakland City Council debated a controversial surveillance hub called the Domain Awareness Center, or DAC.

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