Cops & Courts


Thu July 19, 2012
Cops & Courts

Looking for work with a criminal record

With a Presidential election looming, the issue of the day is still the economy. California has the third highest unemployment rate in the nation, and that just counts people who are actively looking for work. It doesn’t include those who’ve been looking longer than four weeks, or the folks who are so discouraged that they’ve given up altogether.

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Wed July 18, 2012
Cops & Courts

Reforming the Oakland Police Department

Flickr user alxndr

Throughout the 1990s and into the early 2000s, two things shaped the Oakland Police Department.  The city had one of the highest crime rates in California, and four police officers calling themselves the “Riders” beat, robbed, and framed hundreds of residents in the flatlands of Oakland. For years the officers were praised for sweeping drugs from the rough streets of West Oakland. But in 2000 over 100 plaintiffs came forward and accused the “Riders” of kidnapping, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, and battery.

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Tue July 17, 2012
Cops & Courts

Why the OPD is approaching a federal takeover

Last Month, the Oakland city council voted to pay $40,000 in punitive damages for an officer who illegally strip searched two suspects in public. Federal Judge Thelton Henderson, who currently oversees the department as they make court-ordered reforms, referred to the strip-searching case as an example of how stuck the OPD is in their dysfunctional behavior.

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Thu July 12, 2012
Cops & Courts

Criminal Justice Conversations with David Onek: Nancy Mullane, Author, Life After Murder

David Onek and Nancy Mullane in studio.

Nancy Mullane, author of Life After Murder: Five Men in Search of Redemption, discusses the stories of five men at San Quentin prison convicted of murder and then released on parole, how she built trust with these men, the Governor’s unique role in California’s parole process, the extremely low recidivism rates for paroled murderers, and more.

Nancy Mullane Interview Highlights

Mullane on Why She Wrote Life After Murder:

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Fri June 29, 2012
Cops & Courts

Dispatches from the Inside: A prisoner's take on inmate safety

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Richard Gilliam is incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison.

June 15, 2012

California corrections Officials Place Policy Decisions Over Inmate Safety

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