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Author: David Harris

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Sometimes challenging, often disturbing, occasionally absurd, always timely: Criminal Injustice explores the most complex and urgent issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system in conversation with the field's most knowledgeable experts.

Professor David Harris and guests take on everything from racial bias to use of force... from surveillance technology to mass incarceration... and from police abuse and misconduct to the astonishing, frequently hilarious misdeeds of "Lawyers Behaving Badly."

It's not a lecture hall, and you don't need a law degree to keep up. But you'll walk away from each episode with a deeper, richer understanding of what's wrong with the criminal justice system – and how to fix it.

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A point-by-point breakdown and response to A.G. William Barr's recent interview ( https://www.npr.org/2020/06/25/883273933/transcript-nprs-full-interview-with-attorney-general-william-barr ) on NPR. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/criminal-in-justice/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis set off outrage, weeks of demonstrations across the country and around the world, and has started discussion and legislative action at every level of government. On this episode, we’ll ask an African American law enforcement leader what policing has been like – and where it goes now. Our guest is Dr. Cedric Alexander, ( https://clalexandergroup.com/ ) former police officer and chief of several police departments, and the author of “In Defense of Public Service: How 22 Million Government Employees Will Save the Republic,” ( https://www.amazon.com/Defense-Public-Service-Government-Republic-ebook/dp/B07Y42NYLG ) published in 2020. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/criminal-in-justice/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Bonus: #CRSPCast Live

Bonus: #CRSPCast Live

2020-06-1404:00

On June 10, Dave gave an hour-long presentation on law and racial justice for the Center on Race and Social Problems at the University of Pittsburgh. We invite you to check out the video on YouTube: #CRSPCast: Law & Racial Justice w/ Professor David Harris - June 10, 2020 Support Criminal Injustice at $5/month to unlock extra bonus episodes and more on the Members feed: patreon.com/criminalinjustice Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/criminal-in-justice/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Minneapolis takes a bold step, announcing it will dismantle the police department that sparked protests nationwide with the murder of George Floyd -- and just like that, "defund the police" graduates from activist rallying cry to viable policy option. For all the handwringing over what the phrase "really means," it's really not complicated: people want their city governments to take resources away from lavishly-funded and unaccountable law enforcement agencies, and devote them instead to emergency responders, social services, schools, and civil institutions that advance public safety rather than wage war on their own citizens. Support Criminal Injustice at $5/month to unlock extra bonus episodes and more on the Members feed: patreon.com/criminalinjustice Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/criminal-in-justice/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Derek Chauvin faces second- and third-degree murder and assault charges, and the three other Minneapolis police officers who watched him kill George Floyd are charged with aiding and abetting the crime. Why not first-degree? What do the charges mean? Dave breaks down the prosecution's reasoning.  Support Criminal Injustice at $5/month to unlock extra bonus episodes and more on the Members feed: patreon.com/criminalinjustice Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/criminal-in-justice/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Viral video of an encounter in NYC's Central Park shows a white woman calling 911 to report another park user is threatening her life, apparently trying to provoke a violent police response against the "African American man" who had simply asked her to leash her dog. Reflexively fearing people of another race is racist -- but it's mostly a function of the garden-variety implicit bias that most of us harbor on some level, whether we're aware of it or not. Actively weaponizing that fear  in others when you know it's baseless... that's taking it to another level. Support Criminal Injustice at $5/month to unlock extra bonus episodes and more on the Members feed: patreon.com/criminalinjustice Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/criminal-in-justice/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Another horrific episode of police violence, captured on video in Minneapolis, graphically recalls the 2014 killing of Eric Garner by NYPD officers who were never criminally charged in his death. This time the officers may face charges, but prosecuting police is still notoriously difficult. Is there hope for justice? Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/criminal-in-justice/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
The killing of an unarmed black man, Ahmaud Arbery, by two white men in Georgia went largely unnoticed until video of the February shooting went viral earlier this month. Now the father and son face murder charges -- but will Georgia's "Stand Your Ground" law block their conviction? Support Criminal Injustice at $5/month to unlock extra bonus episodes and more on the Members feed: patreon.com/criminalinjustice Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/criminal-in-justice/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Recommended reading on how COVID-19 is impacting incarcerated populations and what must be done to avoid catastrophe: "Let the People Go" by Joseph Margulies in the Boston Review. Support Criminal Injustice at $5/month to unlock extra bonus episodes and more on the Members feed: patreon.com/criminalinjustice Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/criminal-in-justice/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Bonus: Bad to Worse

Bonus: Bad to Worse

2020-05-1028:10

COVID-19 has exposed systemic injustice and institutional failures at every level of society, and nowhere more than in the criminal justice system. Incarcerated people are already being hit hard by the pandemic, but the situation is rapidly deteriorating -- and the effects will be felt beyond the walls of prisons and jails. Support Criminal Injustice at $5/month to unlock extra bonus episodes and more on the Members feed: patreon.com/criminalinjustice Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/criminal-in-justice/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Louisiana's public defender system is funded by fines from traffic violations. But with far fewer cars on the road due to COVID-19, an already badly underfunded system is at the breaking point. Support Criminal Injustice at $5/month to unlock extra bonus episodes and more on the Members feed: patreon.com/criminalinjustice Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/criminal-in-justice/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
The U.S. Supreme Court rules that jury decisions in state criminal cases must be unanimous, overturning a precedent that goes back to Jim Crow.  Support Criminal Injustice at $5/month to unlock extra bonus episodes and more on the Members feed: patreon.com/criminalinjustice Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/criminal-in-justice/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
SCOTUS v COVID-19

SCOTUS v COVID-19

2020-04-2307:03

Workplaces are adjusting to life under lockdown by holding meetings via videoconference — and the U.S. Supreme Court is no exception. Support Criminal Injustice at $5/month to unlock extra bonus episodes and more on the Members feed: patreon.com/criminalinjustice Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/criminal-in-justice/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
President Trump claims “total authority” to override governors and end their stay-at-home orders, yet again raising the question: can he do that? No, as Dave explains on 90.5 WESA’s The Confluence, he cannot. Support Criminal Injustice at $5/month to unlock extra bonus episodes and more on the Members feed: patreon.com/criminalinjustice Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/criminal-in-justice/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
A trademark lawsuit out of Chicago raises the question: in the midst of a global pandemic, what counts as a legal “emergency”? Support Criminal Injustice at $5/month to unlock extra bonus episodes and more on the Members feed: patreon.com/criminalinjustice Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/criminal-in-justice/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
The Supreme Court upholds Kansas's law barring the insanity defense in criminal proceedings. Dave breaks down the decision in Kahler v Kansas. Support Criminal Injustice at $5/month to unlock extra bonus episodes and more on the Members feed: patreon.com/criminalinjustice Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/criminal-in-justice/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Can you believe it? Our first episode was published on this date in 2016! 117 interviews and countless bonus episodes later, producer Josh Raulerson joins Dave to mark the occasion with a look back at four years of Criminal Injustice. Support Criminal Injustice at $5/month to unlock extra bonus episodes and more on the Members feed: patreon.com/criminalinjustice Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/criminal-in-justice/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Chicago's progressive chief prosecutor, Kim Foxx, has survived her first reelection challenge in the Democratic primary. Meanwhile, reformer and Criminal Injustice alumnus George Gascon may be poised to knock off the tough-on-crime incumbent DA in Los Angeles. We review the latest on progressive prosecutors in politics. Support Criminal Injustice at $5/month to unlock extra bonus episodes and more on the Members feed: patreon.com/criminalinjustice Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/criminal-in-justice/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing our institutions to confront a host of thorny problems. Among the thorniest for the criminal justice system: how to uphold the constitutional right to a speedy trial when courts are effectively shut down. Support Criminal Injustice at $5/month to unlock extra bonus episodes and more on the Members feed: patreon.com/criminalinjustice Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/criminal-in-justice/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Squalid and unhealthy even in the best of times, prisons and especially jails are especially vulnerable during a pandemic. That's not just a danger to incarcerated people -- it's a disaster for public health. Support Criminal Injustice at $5/month to unlock extra bonus episodes and more on the Members feed: patreon.com/criminalinjustice Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/criminal-in-justice/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
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Comments (5)

Rick Wagner

this will keep happening as long as the gop are afraid of the nra and the insane conservative media keep pushing stupid theories that the 2ndA is about protesting is from the gov. an ar15 is nothing vs a cruise missile

Aug 11th
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Kishan

Thanks!

Mar 4th
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Demetrius Watson

I've had a bad encounter with some injustice with local officials first of all the law with apprehending people that that are driving vehicles with known drugs and it will come to discover can be prosecuted even if it ain't the driver of the vehicle the owner of the vehicle I was incarcerated because I was driving a vehicle under the name of someone else and it's his present to me that they just upgraded which was not in my possession upgrade to possession of crack cocaine which I was dealt and Justice with all my substantial evidence of my innocence I'll still sent to what I send someone 2 years suspended one one-year-old provided I can go and complete the program at a non-violent facility in Texarkana which has a great deal of Injustice to the fact that it wasn't in my possession what all me off the check but I got to charge of possession of cocaine which will greatly reduce my chance of being employable in a school district which I'm currently seeking attorneys to help me with it the case of this Injustice and while I was there that's more Injustice things done to me at this facility in Texarkana formal judge she was acting CEO over Internal Affairs she said to me I'm going to make it hard for you doing my time after I lost children and I couldn't come to understand what she was saying until it actually happened with making exaggerated allegations and fictitious allegations and accusations so I'm not there was no physical altercation this incident where he wanted to exaggerate on the fact that what will happen happen didn't happen now he he was putting some of his own Prejudice issues he had into this investigation was saying a black man is known for allowance and and inappropriate contact well it was directly to reverse cycle this other inmate being very inappropriate was making sexual accusations toward me and making comments to give him a favor sexual favor some kind well me it's on his good come across gentleman that will try to insult me by making derogatory statements like that and of course I'd for them and never gave me a piece of Mind as to to let him know that I don't participate in or indulging and harassing other people in that matter which of course he got really derogatory by making a statement and even threatened to come to my side of the dormitory floor that we was on

Nov 3rd
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Dewyne Harris

Let it b known

Oct 27th
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