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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 the impact of mass incarceration on African-American communities and ways to reform policing practices in those…

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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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    Senators McConnell and Reid on Human Trafficking Bill

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) spoke about the compromise reached on the human trafficking bill. The deal increases penalties for…

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    Open Phones

    Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on the question: “Should the Boston Marathon bomber receive the death penalty?”

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    Boston Marathon Bombing Verdict

    Governor Charlie Baker (R-MA) spoke to reporters in the State House following the federal jury verdict in the Boston Marathon bombing case. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on all 30…

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    Transforming Felons into Entrepreneurs

    Catherine Hoke talked about the work her organization, Defy Ventures, does to help convicted drug dealers and gang members launch businesses after they leave prison. This was part of the…

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    Open Phones on Boston Marathon Bombing Guilty Verdict

    Telephone lines were open for viewer reactions to the federal jury verdict in the Boston Marathon bombing case. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on all 30 counts against him, including…

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    Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl Desertion and Misbehavior Charges

    Gordon Lubold spoke by phone about the U.S. military’s desertion and misbehavior charges against Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who left his post in Afghanistan in 2009.

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