Cops & Courts

1:47pm

Wed March 7, 2012
Cops & Courts

Oakland's first gang-unit member recalls a dangerous Chinatown

Harry Hu is the former gang-unit leader for the Oakland Police Department. He’s tall and burly, and – although he recently retired from the force – he still wears his gun and badge proudly on his belt. When he strolls down 8th Street, the foot patrol he followed every day in the early 80s, most people seem to recognize him – some wave and others stop to chat.

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5:15pm

Fri March 2, 2012
Cops & Courts

Criminal Justice Conversations with David Onek: Greg Berman, Center for Court Innovation

In Episode #28, Greg Berman, Director of the Center for Court Innovation, discusses the creation of the Midtown Community Court, the importance of tailoring reform efforts to the needs of the communities involved, the different ways that criminal justice reforms can fail, procedural justice, and more.

Greg Berman Interview Highlights

Berman on the Ideas Behind Community Courts: 

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9:59am

Fri March 2, 2012
Cops & Courts

New book "Captive Genders" celebrated at Mills College

Co-editor Nat Smith talks about the book Captive Genders at Mills College on Thursday.

What does it mean to be a transgendered person in prison? A collection of writings on queer, transgender and prison politics shed light on these two populations and their struggles.

Released last fall, the book Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex brings together stories and poems from current and former prisoners, activists, and academics looking at how race, gender and sexuality are experienced when a person is incarcerated.

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7:03pm

Wed February 29, 2012
Cops & Courts

Criminal Justice Conversations with David Onek: Javier Stauring, Office of Restorative Justice in LA

In Episode #27, Javier Stauring, Co-Director of the Office of Restorative Justice of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, discusses his experience ministering to incarcerated youth and their families, the pros and cons of closing California’s Division of Juvenile Justice, the power of restorative justice, his efforts to end life without parole for juveniles, and more.

Javier Stauring Interview Highlights

Stauring on the Overlap of Incarceration and Victimization in Families:

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5:29pm

Mon February 27, 2012
Cops & Courts

Criminal justice update: public officials behaving badly and prison realignment

Today, in San Francisco’s Superior Court, a judge heard motions in the case of San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. Mirkarimi is accused of domestic violence, in the wake of a fight with his wife on New Year's Eve that prosecutors say got physical.

Mirkarimi’s not the only one having trouble in his new job. A number of local criminal justice officials are on rocky ground in the Bay Area. Holly Kernan sat down with KALW’s criminal justice reporter, Rina Palta, to discuss these and other happenings in the public safety world.

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