criminal justice

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Michigan has suspended the license of a doctor who authorities say may have endangered patients and the public by performing liposuctions in a storage building.

Takata's defective air bags have made headlines in recent years.  Now, a plea deal has led to fines and more.

The U.S. Supreme Court building
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In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life in prison without parole for juvenile offenders was unconstitutional. On Monday, the court said that ruling applies to people currently serving sentences for crimes they committed as minors. Current State talks to both a prison reform proponent and a victims’ rights advocate about their reaction to the decision. 

Maurice Henry Carter and Doug Tjapkes photo
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The true story of Maurice Henry Carter, who was wrongfully convicted and served 29 years for shooting a Benton Harbor police officer, was turned into a play that will be performed tonight and Sunday in the Lansing area. We speak with director Lisa Biggs,  and Doug Tjapkes, the man who worked for ten years to help free Carter.


April Zeoli photo
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Victims of domestic violence often suffer in silence, hiding their abuse from friends and family. But even when they do speak up or seek help, women who have been abused are still at risk of sometimes fatal violence. We talk to April Zeoli, an associate professor in MSU’s School of Criminal Justice, about why Michigan women are particularly at risk.


Is gang violence infectious? MSU study suggests yes.

Aug 31, 2015
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Michigan State University

A new study out of MSU adds credence to the idea that some kinds of violence are actually predictable in the way they spread through a community. Associate Professor of criminal justice April Zeoli talks about her research tracking gang violence as an infectious disease. 

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Every year, MSU and the city of East Lansing launch the new academic year with the “One Book, One Community” program. Incoming freshmen are assigned to read a book before they arrive on campus, and city residents are encouraged to read the same book.

There will be a series of events to discuss the themes of the book, and the author is invited to speak. This year’s book is “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson. He’s the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative.

State to make recommendations on juvenile justice reforms

Oct 13, 2014
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A lot has changed when it comes to the way we approach juvenile justice in the past couple of decades. In the mid 1990s, Michigan was one of a number of states that took a “tough on youth crime” stance, enacting laws that locked up more kids, even for non-violent crimes. Activists and academics alike challenged harsh sentences in favor of community based alternatives.

Expungement gives ex-offenders a second chance

Aug 15, 2014
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If you commit a crime, get caught, do your time, pay your debt to society, rehabilitate your life, and give back to the community, how long should you have to live with that criminal record? For many ex-offenders, the answer is for the rest of their lives. And that record creates all sorts of roadblocks, from gainful employment to obtaining child custody to the ability to receive a student loan. 

But there is a process by which certain ex-offenders can clean up their criminal records. It’s called expungement.