Cops & Courts


Tue April 10, 2012
Cops & Courts

Is there such a thing as privacy in America?

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Jonathan Macintosh

Pulitzer Prize winner David Shipler has been a New York Times correspondent in Israel and Moscow. In his two most recent books, released earlier this year, he turns his attention to the erosion of civil liberties in the United States. In Rights at Risk and The Rights of the People, Shipler argues that both the War on Terror and the War on Crime have allowed the government to seep into Americans' personal lives in unconstitutional ways. Shipler discussed his new books with KALW's Criminal Justice Editor, Rina Palta.

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Mon April 9, 2012
Cops & Courts

BART police meet the Citizen Review Board

Courtesy of Thomas Hawk/Creative Commons

In a conference room at the BART police headquarters in downtown Oakland, a DVD plays a scenario. The screen shows a woman, and she’s really angry. She’s just been locked out of her house after finding out her husband is cheating on her.

“Goddamn it, this is my house, let me in bitch, are you cheating on me?” the woman yells “I hate you! Why are you doing this to me?”

Her aggression grows, quickly turning violent. She kicks one officer, and he falls to the ground. An officer in the DVD tells the woman to drop the shovel, but the woman continues to yell.

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Thu April 5, 2012
Cops & Courts

Forum marks 40 years of solitary confinement of the Angola 3

The Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal and the Hastings chapter of the National Lawyers Guild are co-hosting a public forum at the UC Hastings College of the Law on Friday examining current solitary confinement practices in light of recent hunger strikes in California prisons. 

The event is organized by the International Coalition to Free the Angola Three, a human-rights activist group working to bring justice to men from Louisiana they claim were falsely accused of murdering a prison guard in 1972. 

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Wed April 4, 2012
Cops & Courts

Your Legal Rights

Criminal law surprises--special guest is criminal law specialist Stanley Friedman.


Fri March 30, 2012
Cops & Courts

The Blotter: Friday, March 30

“Targeting Muslims for surveillance not only destroys community cohesion, it erodes the trust between law enforcement and Muslim communities, which undermines national security,” said Ameena Mirza Qazi, deputy executive director CAIR-LA.
Courtesy of ACLU of Southern California

Criminal justice headlines from the week.

County's parolee recidivism rate declines under Brown's prison plan: The number of parolees arrested for new crimes in Los Angeles County has dropped since Gov. Jerry Brown's realignment plan took effect six months ago, drawing cautious optimism from some state and local officials. (Contra Costa Times)

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