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The Justice Department's Plan To Phase Out Privately Run Federal Prisons

The U.S. will phase out the use of private prisons to incarcerate federal inmates. New findings by the Department of Justice conclude that private facilities are less safe and offer few cost advantages. We discuss implications of the phase-out and what it could mean for America's prison system.

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As Chief Lanier Prepares To Exit, Trinidad Checkpoints Remain Flashpoint In Tenure

The decision to set up military-style checkpoints around one D.C. neighborhood in 2008 represents what supporters and critics say was the best and worst of Cathy Lanier's time as police chief.

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Three Months In Prison For Jeffrey Thompson, 'Shadow Campaign' Funder

A D.C. businessman who poured millions of illegal dollars into city, state and federal elections has been sentenced to three months behind bars.

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Friday News Roundup - International

The UN says fighting in Aleppo, Syria, leaves 2 million residents without water. A suicide bomber in Pakistan targets lawyers, killing more than 70 people. And 50 Republican national security experts say Donald Trump puts the U.S. at risk. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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What Fewer Security Clearances Mean For Our Region

The number of people with clearances declined by a quarter of a million in 2015. Kojo explores the local implications of the shrinking cleared workforce.

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WikiLeaks Offering $20,000 Reward For Info On Murder Of DNC Staffer

Seth Rich, 27, was shot in the back last month in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington D.C. Now the non-profit open government organization WikiLeaks is asking for help solving the murder.

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Fairfax City Mayor Faces Drug Charges After Meth-For-Sex Sting

Mayor R. Scott Silverthorne, who also works as a substitute teacher, is being charged with felony distribution.
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Body Camera Program For D.C. Police Gets Mixed Marks From Civil Rights Groups

A new national scorecard evaluating the body camera programs of 50 police departments around the country finds MPD's planned program is pioneering in some areas and lacking in others.

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Metro Transit Officer Charged With Assisting Islamic State Group

Nicholas Young of Fairfax, Virginia — a Metro Transit Police officer — was arrested Wednesday for "transmitting funds to ISIL through electronic gift cards."

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National Night Out: A Chance To Improve Relations With Police?

Across the Washington region, residents will congregate Tuesday evening for block parties as part of National Night Out — an annual tradition that has taken on new urgency after a spate of police-involved shootings in the U.S.

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