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Death By Electric Chair: Virginia's Back-Up Or The New Norm?

Virginia is one of eight states to allow death by electrocution. Now, the option will become the default if lethal injections drugs are unavailable.

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Answers Sought After Prince George's Officer Shot Dead Near Police Station

A police officer was shot and fatally wounded on Sunday afternoon outside the Prince George's County police headquarters in what is being described as an "unprovoked attack."

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Juvenile Justice: Crime, Punishment And Reform

We talk with the former head of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services in the District - and current head of the Justice Policy Institute - about what works when it comes to keeping kids and young adults away from crime.

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A Local Demand For Information About Federal Prosecution Of D.C. Crime

Kojo chats with a local neighborhood leader in D.C. who's on a mission to learn more about how the U.S. Attorney's pursues criminal cases in the nation's capital.

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D.C. Murder Rate Returning To Pre-2015 Levels, Police Chief Says

After last year's spike in homicides, killings in D.C. are back down to a more familiar level so far this year, Chief Cathy Lanier said Friday.

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The Politics Hour - March 4, 2016

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier joins Kojo and Tom Sherwood in the studio.

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Metro Police To Deploy More Officers After Spate Of High-Profile Crimes

Metro is hiring private security guards to pick up certain tasks — like guarding transfers of money — so that an additional 17 transit cops can be freed up to patrol railcars, platforms, and buses.

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Youth Program Points To Ways D.C. Can Be 'Far More Creative' Against Crime

While D.C lawmakers consider anti-crime proposals that would treat street violence like a public-health problem, there's at least one such program already in effect — and it has the blessing of D.C.'s top prosecutor.

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Renewed Push To Close The Guantanamo Military Prison

The Obama administration presents a plan to Congress for closing the Guantanamo detention center: The timeline, where the existing detainees would be transferred and the challenges of getting support for the proposal.

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Treating Street Violence As A Contagion, Baltimore Looks For More Than One Cure

When lawmakers try to tackle gun violence, they often turn to measures like adding police officers or cracking down on illegal guns. But what happens when they treat violent crime as a public-health problem — one that affects the whole community?

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