Cops & Courts

5:59pm

Mon February 13, 2012
Cops & Courts

Taking another look at eyewitness testimony

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Shows like CSI have taught us that a lot can be gleaned from clues left at a crime scene, and painstakingly pieced together by investigators. What they don’t often show is how fallible evidence can actually be if it’s not properly obtained. More and more, prosecutors and police are coming to question the ways in which they’ve typically done business.

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3:45pm

Mon February 13, 2012
Cops & Courts

How wrongful convictions happen

Photo by Randy OHC (http://flic.kr/p/HfnoG)

Linda Starr is the Legal Director of the Northern California Innocence Project. She spoke with KALW’s Rina Palta about the criminal justice system and what happens when it sends the wrong person to prison.

RINA PALTA: So, just to start out, tell me a little bit about the Innocence Project and how it started.

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12:48pm

Fri February 10, 2012
Cops & Courts

Occupy Oakland asks for more oversight of police actions

Photo from event page Occupyoakland.org

Last night, members of Occupy Oakland gathered at the Grand Lake Theater to discuss the Oakland Police Department’s crowd control policies and their use of force in response to Occupy demonstrations. The meeting was held in place of a similar event that was to be hosted by the Citizen’s Police Review Board, an independent volunteer body comprised of residents of the City of Oakland. Originally scheduled to be held at City Hall, the CPRB event was postponed somewhat last minute.

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4:04pm

Thu February 9, 2012

9:23am

Thu February 9, 2012
Cops & Courts

Q&A: Alan Jackson on why counties should be able to send inmates out of state

 

A new bill is on the block would allow counties to use AB 109 funds to pay for out-of-state contracts to house inmates, similar to how the states currently contract with other states. Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson and Senator Tony Strickland introduced the bill in hopes of giving counties more options for housing inmates sentenced to local jails. Jackson spoke with KALW’S Nicole Jones on why he thinks this is a smart move for overburdened counties.Al

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