Crime & Justice

Did Mass Incarceration Begin With The War On Poverty?

In her new book, “From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America,” Hinton argues that for all of Johnson’s important programs designed to fight poverty, his “war on crime” kicked off decades of mass incarceration in the U.S. that continues today.

A building on the campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). The school is involved in a lawsuit brought by a student who was raped on a university-leased building in Puerto Rico in 2012. (Sean/Flickr)

Legal Roundup With Retired Federal Judge Nancy Gertner

WBUR legal analyst Nancy Gertner looks at some of this week’s big legal stories.

Muhammad Ali, center, leaves the Armed Forces induction center with his entourage after refusing to be drafted into the Armed Forces in 1967. (AP Photo)

The Boston Attorney Who Fought For Ali In U.S. Supreme Court

In 1971, Jonathan Shapiro was a young lawyer with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

In Policy Change, Mass. State Police Can Now Detain Undocumented Immigrants Convicted Of A Crime

Governor Baker issued a statement saying the change gives “our statewide policing agency the tools necessary to detain criminals.” Opponents say the move will undermine local police community relations.

Tricia Tarentino, the widow of slain Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr., at his funeral. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Funeral Held For Slain Auburn Officer

Authorities say Ronald Tarentino, Jr. was shot and killed during a traffic stop Sunday.

Spirituality And Transformation On Boston’s Inner-City Basketball Courts

Onaje Woodbine grew up poor, honing his basketball talents on the hard courts of Roxbury and ended up playing for Yale. But then he quit because he wanted more.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh On Unions, Affordable Housing, Gun Violence

It’s been a busy month for the mayor of Boston.

How Labor Laws Could Play Out In Cases Involving Boston Officials

The 1973 Supreme Court Case United States vs. Enmons ruling had profound affect on union cases in the United States.

The Legacy Of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

Sitting on the Supreme Court at a time of tremendous change and uncertainty in America, Louis Brandeis railed against big government, argued for judicial restraint and upheld a right to privacy in the face of new technology.

Massachusetts State Police Col. Richard McKeon speaks to reporters about a shootout that ensued between troopers and the suspect in the shooting death of Auburn police officer early Sunday. (Steve Brown/WBUR)

Details Emerging In Auburn Shooting

More details are coming out about the shooting of a police officer in Auburn early Sunday morning, and a subsequent shootout nearby which left the suspect dead.

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