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Synthetic Drugs? Deadlier Weapons? Crime Spike Stumps D.C. Police

The city is now on pace to record its most murders in nearly a decade. Eighty-seven people have been killed in the District this year. As police look for ways to stem the violence, family members of victims also want answers.
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'Night Out Against Police Crime' Held By Activists In Fairfax County

The event was intended to rival National Night Out, a celebration of police traditionally held on the first Tuesday in August.

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Sentencing Reform Finds Support At Police Summit

This week, police chiefs from around the country gathered in D.C. to tackle a nationwide uptick in violent crime. Out of this summit came a handful of recommendations, but one stood out: sentencing reform.
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New Efforts To Help People With Mental Illness Get Treatment Instead Of Jail Time

Jails in the U.S. have increasingly become holding cells for people suffering from mental illness despite the fact that the vast majority pose no threat to public safety. We get an update on new efforts to keep people with mental illness out of jail and into treatment.

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Lanier Meets With Other Cities' Police Chiefs To Discuss Surge In Violent Crime

With the latest violence over the weekend, D.C.'s homicide rate is now 25 percent higher than last year at this time — and the District isn't alone. Across the country, big cities are seeing upticks in violence, especially murders.
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Lawlessness And International Waters

The world's waterways are important thoroughfares for commerce and international trade. But they're also places where crime and violence occur at alarming rates, often in areas where it's difficult to seek justice under international law. Kojo chats with New York Times reporter Ian Urbina, whose recent series documented human rights and environmental abuses at sea, including a murder that went unreported despite dozens of witnesses.

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Closing Part Of The Baltimore Jail

The scandal-plagued Men's Detention Center in Baltimore will close as soon as its inmates are relocated, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced. We look at the Civil War-era jail and the politics of the decision.

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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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