Cops & Courts

12:58pm

Mon June 4, 2012
Cops & Courts

The psychology of racial profiling in policing

Photo courtesy of Flickr user allan.rojas

Law enforcement agencies across the country have policies protecting people of color from being racially profiled.

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10:00am

Mon June 4, 2012
Cops & Courts

Wrongfully convicted man still fighting to save his name after prison

Maurice Caldwell's conviction was overturned, and after 20 years incarcerated, he walked out of custody the 28th of March 2011.
Photo courtesy of: Paige Kaneb

It's the early 90s. Young people are watching MTV, their parents Twin Peaks. Maurice Caldwell is 22 years old and lives in the Alemany projects in Bernal Heights, on the same streets where he grew up. He works in an industrial warehouse in Hayward and likes to hang out with his friends.

But, he admits today, he was also a troublemaker. “I wasn't a choir boy,” says Caldwell. “I sold drugs, from time to time.” And, from time to time, he’d come in contact with police.

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1:14pm

Thu May 31, 2012
Cops & Courts

Criminal Justice Conversations with David Onek: Scott MacDonald, Santa Cruz Chief Probation Officer

Scott MacDonald and David Onek outside the Berkeley Journalism School.

In Episode #34, Santa Cruz Chief Probation Officer Scott MacDonald discusses reducing racial disparities in the juvenile justice system, partnering with the community, using data to drive decision-making, sustaining reforms through leadership transitions, and more. 

Scott MacDonald Interview Highlights

MacDonald on Partnering with the Community:

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5:43pm

Mon May 7, 2012
Cops & Courts

Prison Realignment & Public Safety: Interview with Matthew Cate

Matthew Cate, Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Thirty years ago, the state spent three percent of its general fund dollars on corrections and prisons. Today it spends more than 11 percent – that’s $10 billion running the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. 

In 2011, when Governor Brown took office, he inherited a massive corrections problem. The state's 33 prisons were at nearly 200 percent capacity, and the recidivism rate was running at 70 percent. The federal courts stepped in and ordered California to reduce its overcrowded prisons by more than 30,000 people.

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12:42pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Cops & Courts

Criminal Justice Conversations with David Onek: Judge Wendy Lindley, Orange County Superior Court

 

In Episode #33, Orange County Superior Court Judge Wendy Lindley discusses her innovative Combat Veterans court, overcoming the initial resistance of other judges to collaborative courts, providing “one-stop” services at the courthouse, and how collaborative courts can make us safer.

Judge Wendy Lindley Interview Highlights

Lindley on Providing “One-Stop” Services at the Courthouse:

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