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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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U.S. at a unique time in history for justice reform, says Attorney General Lynch

October 9, 2015
As attorney general, Loretta Lynch leads the Justice Department amid a spike in violent crime in several major U.S. cities, as well as national outcry over police-involved shootings. Gwen Ifill sits down with Lynch to discuss better transparency on law enforcement data, finding solutions for reducing mass incarceration and the national conversation about race and police-involved shootings.
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Education Secretary Steps Down, Obama Addresses Critics of Syria Policy

October 2, 2015
Education Secretary Arne Duncan is stepping down, bipartisan criminal justice reform, and an internal investigation opens at CENTCOM.
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"America After Charleston," a PBS Town Hall

September 21, 2015
Join a town hall meeting to explore the many issues propelled into public discourse after a white gunman shot and killed nine African-American parishioners in Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June. Washington Week's Gwen Ifill moderates.
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TONIGHT at 9pm: "America After Charleston," a PBS town hall meeting

September 21, 2015
Join a town hall meeting to explore the many issues propelled into public discourse after a white gunman shot and killed nine African-American parishioners in Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June. Washington Week's Gwen Ifill moderates.
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What we’ve learned about racial inequity in Ferguson

September 14, 2015
A new report by the Ferguson Commission, appointed to respond to racial inequity, calls for 200 changes to policing, education, housing, health care access and more across St. Louis and Missouri. Gwen Ifill discusses the reform recommendations with Rev. Starsky Wilson of the Ferguson Commission and Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a Missouri state senator.
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State Department asks FBI about records on Hillary Clinton server, thumb drive

September 4, 2015
Josh Gerstein | POLITICO
Complying with a court order, the State Department has contacted the FBI to ask if the law enforcement agency has come across certain official records as it conducts a review of Hillary Clinton's email server and back-up records her lawyer kept on a thumb drive.
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New Cellphone Surveillance Safeguards Imposed On Federal Law Enforcement

September 4, 2015
Carrie Johnson | NPR
The Justice Department says it will beef up legal requirements for using cell-site simulators, an increasingly controversial form of surveillance technology that secretly gathers data about mobile devices.
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