Original reporting on the nation's criminal justice system from NPR and member station reporters.This team covers the nation's criminal justice system, including challenges to justice equity; recidivism; juvenile justice; prisons; police-community relations; crime-fighting strategies and trends including surveillance tools and technology.
Criminal Justice Collaborative
Original reporting on the nation's criminal justice system from NPR and member station reporters.
Lyft is under growing pressure to strengthen background checks and adopt better security measures for passengers after dozens of women reported that they had been sexually assaulted by drivers.
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Kristine Autenreith teaches language arts to juveniles at the Allegheny County Jail. The students are in the jail because they're being tried as adults for crimes such as murder, rape and robbery.
Seattle Police in a standoff with a mentally ill man who has claimed an alleyway and has been chasing people out of it with a drainpipe. After nearly two hours of negotiations, he gave himself up.
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Jay Jordan, 33, is the director of the #TimeDone/Second Chances project for the nonprofit Californians for Safety and Justice. The clinic involves public defenders who volunteer to help people get their criminal charges or records reduced or expunged.
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Shooting instructor Frankie McRae aims an AR-15 rifle fitted with a "bump stock" that allows the semi-automatic to shoot as fast as an illegal machine gun. As of March 26, bump stocks will be effectively illegal to own unless a court puts an injunction on the federal ban.
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Jason Jones (left) with his roommates Joe Klein and Tamiko Panzella in their Oakland, Calif., apartment. Panzella and Klein are participating in a new program to provide housing to former inmates. Jones was released recently after nearly 14 years in prison.
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Daidre Kimp dresses her daughter, Stella, before starting their day. Stella will go to in-prison daycare, while her mom does chores at the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor.
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A bail bond office displays a sign near the Santa Ana Jail in Santa Ana, Calif. The most populous state in the nation passed a law to do away with money bail earlier this year.
Nearly 90 former inmates are buried here on the grounds of the North Central Correctional Institution at Gardner. Before inmates, the state buried patients housed at what once was the Gardner State Colony for the "mentally disturbed."
Chief of Security Joe Charvat walks the halls of the state penitentiary's Behavior Intervention Unit (BIU) — the prison's name for solitary confinement. Typically there are about 20 inmates in the cells, far fewer than in previous years.
A memorial for Thomas Blevins Jr. was set up on June 25 in the alley where he was shot and killed two days earlier by Minneapolis police. On Monday, the district attorney announced he would not be charging the officers in Blevins' death.
More than 150,000 Floridians had their voting rights restored during former Gov. Charlie Crist's four years in office. In the seven years since then, current Gov. Rick Scott has approved restoring voting rights to just over 3,000 people.
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In this 1993 FBI surveillance photo, Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme (left), Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi (second from left) and Frank Salemme Jr. (third from left) are seated at The Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Mass.
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When the First Congregational Church of Oakland decided to hang a Black Lives Matter sign, they started a conversation that led them to try to stop calling police, especially on people of color.
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