A memorial for Eric Garner rests on the pavement near the site of his death. The poster on the ground quotes Garner; video of the arrest shows him telling police officers he couldn't breathe, shortly before he lost consciousness. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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The Lafayette Parish Correctional Center in downtown Lafayette, La. By most counts, Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the country, but sentencing reformers have loosened some of the state's mandatory minimum sentences and made parole slightly easier to get. Denny Culbert for NPR hide caption

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Lt. Travis St. Pierre, of the New Orleans Police Department, shows off a body-worn camera during a press conference in January. Brett Duke/The Times-Picayune/Landov hide caption

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German student Diren Dede was fatally shot after he entered the garage of Markus Kaarma in Montana last month. Dede was on a one-year high school exchange program to the U.S. Oliver Hardt/Getty Images hide caption

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