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Obama Asks Congress For Help In Overhauling Justice System

January 13, 2016
Carrie Johnson | NPR
There's not much the White House and the Republican-led Congress can agree on this year. President Obama singled out one issue in his State of the Union address: an overhaul for the justice system.
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Baltimore braces as Freddie Gray jury wrestles with a deadlock

December 15, 2015
The jury in the first trial on the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray returned after two days of deliberations to say they are deadlocked. Gray’s fatal injuries while in Baltimore police custody exposed deep cracks in the city’s criminal justice system and sparked protests. Gwen Ifill speaks to Juliet Linderman of the Associated Press about the charges against Officer William Porter.
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San Bernardino Shooters Discussed Jihad in 2013 Before Engagement

December 10, 2015
Pete Williams | NBC News
FBI Director James Comey said today that Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik spoke online about martyrdom but Farook's communications were not being monitored at the time.
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F.B.I. Chief Says Texas Gunman Used Encryption to Text Overseas Terrorist

December 10, 2015
David Sanger, Nicole Perlroth | The New York Times
The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, said Wednesday that investigators could not read more than 100 text messages exchanged by one of the attackers in a shooting this year in Garland, Tex., because they were encrypted, adding fuel to law enforcement agencies’ contention that they need a way to circumvent commercially available encryption technology.
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Justice Department launches investigation of Chicago Police Department

December 7, 2015
Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced today that The United States Department of Justice​ is opening an investigation into the patterns and practices of the Chicago Police Department​ following the release of a video last month showing the shooting of Laquan McDonald.
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Justice Department to investigate Chicago police

December 7, 2015
Josh Gerstein | POLITICO
The Justice Department is planning to open a so-called "pattern or practice" investigation into possible civil rights violations by the Chicago police department, according to a law enforcement official.
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DEA head sides with FBI director, thinks 'Ferguson effect' is real

November 5, 2015
Juana Summers | Mashable
The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration said Wednesday that he agrees with FBI Director James Comey that additional scrutiny of law enforcement in the past year could have made some police officers less aggressive, leading to a violent crime spike in some cities.
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What You Should Know About The Federal Inmate Release

November 2, 2015
Carrie Johnson | NPR
Thousands of federal inmates are getting out of prison because of a change in the way the U.S. government sentences drug criminals. It's part of a broader movement to reconsider tough-on-crime laws that were passed during the War on Drugs.
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