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    Open Phones

    Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on President Obama’s efforts to reduce prison sentences for non-violent offenders. Earlier in the week in a speech at the NAACP…

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    Presidential Visit to El Reno Federal Correctional Institution

    President Obama talked about his vision for reforming the criminal justice system and reducing the sentences of non-violent drug offenders. He delivered these brief remarks during a…

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    President Obama Remarks on the Criminal Justice System

    President Obama spoke at the NAACP annual convention. He addressed the criminal justice system and called for shorter sentences for non-violent drug offenders. The president noted…

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    Criminal Justice Reform, Incarceration and Sentencing

    Adam Gelb talked about a Pew Charitable Trusts study on the growing number of prisoners incarcerated in federal and state corrections systems, the taxpayer costs involved, and proposed…

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    Open Phones

    Telephone lines were open for viewer responses to the question, “What is your view of the death penalty?” The question was drawn from the Supreme Court ruling allowing the…

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    Intelligence Oversight, Part 3

    Panelists talked about past, current, and future oversight of intelligence agencies.  “How Do We Strengthen Judicial Oversight” was a panel of “Strengthening…

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    Criminal Justice System

    Speakers including Michael Botticelli talked about ways in which alternatives to incarceration could be effective at deterring criminal activity. Mr. Botticelli also spoke briefly…

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    Public Execution in the Victorian South

    Bob Hutton, author of Bloody Breathitt: Politics and Violence in the Appalachian South, talked about the practice, frequency, and politics of public executions in 19th century Appalachia.…

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    Nebraska Death Penalty Ban

    Robert Dunham talked by remote video from Philadelphia about the Nebraska state legislature’s vote during the week to ban the death penalty, possible implications for other states,…

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    Criminal Justice and Race

    Community advocacy groups and law enforcement officials talked about over-criminalization and the effect of mass incarceration on African-American communities and ways to reform policing…

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    U.S. Incarceration Rates

    Panelists talked about a National Academy of Sciences report on the origins and effects of growing incarceration rates in the U.S. According to the report, the increase in incarceration…

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    Military Sexual Assault Report

    Human Rights Watch and Protect Our Defenders organizations released their new report, “Embattled: Retaliation against Sexual Assault Survivors in the US Military.” The report…

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    Open Phones

    Headlines from the day’s newspapers were read and telephone lines, including a line for Massachusetts residents, were open for viewer comments on the question: “Boston Bomber…

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    Eastern State Penitentiary

    Nick Gillette gave a tour the world’s first “penitentiary,” opened in 1829 by the state of Pennsylvania. The prison was a new experiment in reform of criminals and…

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    Prison Reform and Police Reform

    Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik talked by remote video from New York City about his book, From Jailer to Jailed, in which he detailed his 2010 guilty plea to making…

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    Criminal Justice Reform, Sentencing and Corrections

    Fred Patrick talked about the sentencing and correction reform efforts at the federal and state level. Mr. Patrick said that the prison population has seen a 700 percent increase…

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    Glossip v. Gross Oral Argument

    The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Glossip v. Gross. The case concerns whether the use of the drug midazolam in lethal injection executions violates the Eighth Amendment’s ban…

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    Senator Cornyn on Human Trafficking Bill

    Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) spoke about the compromise reached on the human trafficking bill that he sponsored. The deal increases penalties for human trafficking and creates a victims'…

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    Senate Deal on Human Trafficking Bill

    Kathleen Hunter talked by remote video from Capitol Hill s about a deal reached in the Senate that would allow votes on a pending anti-human trafficking bill and to confirm the nomination…

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    Senators Murray and Klobuchar on Human Trafficking Bill

    Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) spoke about the compromise reached on the human trafficking bill. The deal increases penalties for human trafficking and creates a…

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