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Innovations in Policing
Last Featured: 2/18/2008

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As murder rates increase in a number of large cities, police are implementing a host of new measures aimed at reducing crime: cameras in high-crime areas, automatic scanners that run ID checks on every automobile that passes by a police cruiser, stop-and-frisk policies and door-to-door “consent” searches for weapons. This edition of Justice Talking will ask whether the new technologies and methods are effective and fair. Do they unfairly discriminate against poor African-American families? Are the policies violating the rights to privacy and free association or are they reasonable measures that protect communities' right to live free of violence?

A First-Person Perspective on Violence
Reporter Bruce Schimmel speaks with two youths in juvenile detention about how they view the culture of violence in their community.

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Young People and Guns
Host Margot Adler speaks with criminologist Alfred Blumstein on changing patterns in crime across the country.

Alfred Blumstein is the J. Erik Jonsson Professor of Urban Systems and Operations Research at the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management of Carnegie Mellon University. He is also director of the National Consortium on Violence Research.

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New Policing Technology
Host Margot Adler speaks with journalist Noah Shactman about new technology in law enforcement.

Noah Shactman is a contributing editor at Wired magazine, and the editor of its national security blog, Danger Room, which won the 2007 Online Journalism Award for best beat reporting. His writing focuses on law enforcement, national security, and technology.

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Debate: Are Closed Circuit Cameras Effective in Battling Crime?
Host Margot Adler talks to attorney Melissa Ngo and public safety administrator Everett Gillison on whether cities should use closed circuit cameras in high crime areas.

Melissa Ngo is senior counsel and director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center's Identification and Surveillance Project, where she evaluates surveillance programs.

Everett Gillison is the deputy mayor for public safety in Philadelphia. He was a public defender in Philadelphia for more than two decades.

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Crackdown in Syracuse
Reporter Chris Bolt profiles an effort in Syracuse, New York to use racketeering laws to go after gang activity.

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Stopping Violence Before It Starts
Host Margot Adler speaks with anti-violence activist Tio Hardiman about how his organization attempts to head off youth violence.

Tio Hardiman is the director of mediation services for Cease Fire, an organization that works with youth in high-crime Chicago neighborhoods. He has received various awards for his dedication to helping Chicago reduce crime.

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Legalize All Drugs?
Host Margot Adler discusses legalizing all drugs with retired police captain Peter Christ.

Peter Christ retired from the police force after a 20-year career, and is now a spokesperson for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.

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