Around the country, special courts are set up for former military members who have been charged with crimes after returning to civilian life, and who may be struggling with PTSD. Judges, lawyers, probation officers and others work together to treat or punish each defendant. Special correspondent Spencer Michels reports on how the new approach can offer troubled veterans a path forward. Continue reading
New York City’s 12-day, killing-free streak, the longest period the city has gone without a homicide in at least 20 years, ended this weekend with the murder of a 28-year-old Queens resident.
Juvenile offenders kept under supervision close to home, rather than in secure, state-run facilities, are significantly less likely to be arrested again or commit more serious crimes, according to a new study. Judy Woodruff discusses the findings with Xavier McElrath-Bey of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth and Michael Thompson of the Council of State Governments Justice Center. Continue reading
What should we know about Adnan Syed’s appeal ahead of a decision? Continue reading
Edward MacMahon said Friday that journalist James Risen had been subpoenaed in the case of his client, Jeffrey Sterling, who is scheduled for trial in Virginia next week.
Homicide Watch, an online database that records and tracks homicide cases, was created to document under-reported crimes in Washington, D.C. The site has been praised by law enforcement and the families of victims, but is shutting down in that city. Co-founder Laura Amico, a Boston Globe reporter, speaks with Jeffrey Brown about sharing violent crime information with the public. Continue reading
The Associated Press and WPVI-TV Philadelphia are reporting that SWAT teams are surrounding a home in Souderton, Pennsylvania, where police say the suspect has barricaded himself. The house, according to police, is where two of the victims were shot dead. Continue reading
The ruling came in a North Carolina case in which a police officer pulled over Nicholas Heien’s car because the right brake light was out, although the left one still worked. A consensual search led to the discovery of cocaine in the trunk.
The policy, which expands decade-old guidelines established under the Bush administration, also will require new training and data collection. Continue reading
Forty-three students disappeared in Southern Mexico more than a month ago. In late September, local police allegedly opened fire on the group, then handed them over to a drug gang on the orders of the mayor. As investigators search for a possible mass grave, public outrage over a lack of results has fueled increasingly violent protests. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading