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As Crime Spikes Nationwide, Lanier And City Police Chiefs To Meet At Summit

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is organizing a summit of police chiefs from across the country to discuss a national crime spike — and what police can do to fight it.
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D.C.'s Rising Homicide Rate The Focus Of Community Event

Thursday night, representatives from at least eight law enforcement and criminal justice agencies are meeting at a D.C. church to discuss the city's uptick in violent crime.
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In His Memoir, A Cocaine Kingpin's Son Sheds Light On D.C.'s Crack Era

Tony Lewis Jr. is the son of Tony Lewis Sr., a former cocaine kingpin in D.C. who's been in prison since 1989. In Lewis Jr.'s new memoir, "Slugg: A Boy's Life in the Age of Mass Incarceration," he shares stories and lessons from his upbringing during D.C.'s crack epidemic.
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After More Than Two Decades, Should Virginia Give Parole A Second Chance?

Virginia has pursued a policy called "truth in sentencing," eliminating parole for more than two decades, but as the cost of incarcerating tens of thousands of offenders continues to rise, that policy is being re-thought.

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What Makes Using Synthetic Drugs 'Like Playing Russian Roulette'

Drug researchers at the University of Maryland have been observing the rise of synthetic cannabinoids — designer drugs created overseas that have so far posed unique challenges to drug enforcement.

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In Chile, Trial Finally Comes For D.C. Man Allegedly Burned To Death By Authorities

Veronica De Negri has been pushing the government for justice since her son was murdered 29 years ago. Now a court in Chile is charging six former officers and soldiers for allegedly burning her son.
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Efforts To Curb The Nation’s Deadly Heroin Epidemic

The Centers for Disease Control reported the number of Americans who died from heroin overdoses quadrupled in the decade ending in 2013. We look at what's behind the nation's surge in heroin addiction and what some communities are doing to fight back.

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Fairfax Police Commission Calls For A Change To Department's Closed Culture

Public officials in Virginia — and in Fairfax County in particular — have a problem when it comes to transparency. A commission outlined the problem for the county police during a public meeting Monday night.

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Critics Outline 'Crisis Of Confidence' Between Fairfax County Police, Public

A commission created earlier this year to review the Fairfax County Police Department's conduct in several high-profile cases has some harsh criticism to deliver.

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To Fight Synthetic Drugs, D.C. Looks To Hospitals For Help

D.C. officials scrambling to respond to what they say is an increase in the use of dangerous synthetic drugs are asking hospitals to help by testing patients suspected of having used the drugs.

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