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Obama's drug-sentencing quagmire

January 5, 2015
Josh Gerstein | POLITICO
President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to commute the sentences of nonviolent drug offenders who were caught up in the disparities in laws governing crack and powder cocaine is lagging, burdened by vague guidelines, lack of Justice Department resources and the unusual decision to invite advocacy groups like the ACLU to help screen applications, according to lawyers close to the process.
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No Delay: Appeals Court Clears Way for Boston Bombing Trial to Begin

January 5, 2015
Pete Williams | NBC News
A federal appeals court declined Saturday to delay the start of the Boston bombing trial — rejecting a defense request that the appeals court either order the judge to move the trial out of Boston or hold a hearing on the issue.
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State prison populations down to lowest point in a decade

December 31, 2014
Reid Wilson | The Washington Post
The number of Americans under supervision of state adult correctional systems has fallen to the lowest level in a decade, the federal government said Tuesday, while the number of people serving time in federal prison fell for the first time in more than three decades.

The Stories That Shaped 2014

December 26, 2014
From good economic news to foreign policy challenges, 2014 was eventful.
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How New Yorkers feel about the NYPD

December 24, 2014
Karen Tumulty | The Washington Post
Right now, New Yorkers' attitudes toward their police force seem to provide still more evidence of a divided city. But not so long ago, a lofty regard for the New York Police Department united residents instead.
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New York police killings raise questions of cause and effect after weeks of protests

December 23, 2014
The murder of two New York City police officers has ignited a volley of blame and exposes the deep rifts dividing a city in mourning. Gwen Ifill gets two perspectives from Patrick Colligan of the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association and Mark Levine of the New York City Council.
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NYC mayor urges halt to ‘political debates and protests’ until officers are laid to rest

December 23, 2014
Karen Tumulty, Jerry Markon | The Washington Post
New York City leaders tried to tamp down the strong emotions coursing through their city on Monday after the shooting deaths of two police officers, calling for unity and urging protesters to refrain from demonstrations until the officers are laid to rest.
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Justice Department To Continue Investigating Eric Garner's Death

December 4, 2014
Carrie Johnson | NPR
A Staten Island grand jury didn't charge a police officer in the death of Eric Garner. The unarmed black man died after police pulled him aside for selling loose cigarettes and put him in a chokehold.
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What’s next for the city of Ferguson?

November 26, 2014
Just a day after the grand jury announced not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, the city of Ferguson remains tense. Gwen Ifill speaks with Christina Swarns, Litigation Director for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Susan McGraw of St. Louis University, on the grand jury’s role in the legal system and what’s next for the city of Ferguson.
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