Last Two Parts of My Interview With The Atlantic

Friday, June 19th, 2009

In part four, I talk about my reporting on Dr. Hayne and West and the problems with the forensics system.

In part five, I suggest five ways to reform the criminal justice system.

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5 Responses to “Last Two Parts of My Interview With The Atlantic

  1. #1 |  MacK | 

    Excellent interview Mr. Balko.

    The last part with your recommendations reminded me of Mayor Calvo and his transparency bill have any reports been generated from it yet?

  2. #2 |  S.M. Oliva | 

    Hmm. I can’t agree with Radley here:

    “[T]he Department of Justice needs to get more involved in enforcing civil rights and investigating corruption and abuse in the criminal justice system at the state and local level.”

    The DOJ itself has a terrible record when it comes to “enforcing civil rights and investigating corruption,” so why would we want to expand the department’s control over state and local governments? It just doesn’t make sense.

  3. #3 |  Michael Chaney | 

    Re: #2

    The DOJ already has those powers, so it’s not an expansion. You’re right that they’re also corrupt, but, looking at Mississippi as an example, what are the other options there?

  4. #4 |  Mattocracy | 

    #2 has a valid point. Expecting government to fix government seems silly.

    But then again, maybe having a special division of the DOJ tasked with stopping local prosecutors and law enforcement misconduct isn’t that crazy. Especially if they are rewarded based on number of convictions, so they are more inclined to do their jobs rather than just let their fellow government goons get away with corruption. Maybe turning government loose on itself won’t fix it, but keep it from hurting us regular folk.

    But then what if some president in the future uses the DOJ to go after liberal activists judges who want to legalize dope, or go after good ole’ boy southern states that still believe people should be allowed to own guns. FUCK!

    …these anarchist sound less and less crazy every day.

  5. #5 |  MacGregory | 

    4. More liability for police and prosecutors who misbehave.

    “Currently, it’s very difficult to sue a police officer who violates your civil rights.”

    Even if you can sue, there is no shortage of brainwashed, blind faith, badgelicking juries out there.

    Jury finds state trooper did not abuse powers