Martin Kaste http://wknofm.org en States Push For Prison Sentence Overhaul; Prosecutors Push Back http://wknofm.org/post/states-push-prison-sentence-reform-and-prosecutors-push-back Some red states like Louisiana and Texas have emerged as leaders in a new movement: to divert offenders from prisons and into drug treatment, work release and other incarceration alternatives.<p>By most counts, Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the country. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:32:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 49762 at http://wknofm.org States Push For Prison Sentence Overhaul; Prosecutors Push Back In A Standoff With Montana Officials, The Justice Department Blinks http://wknofm.org/post/standoff-montana-officials-justice-dept-blinks The Justice Department announced Tuesday it <a href="http://missoulian.com/news/local/missoula-county-state-doj-sign-agreement-to-improve-handling-of/article_bb8c665a-f0c1-11e3-8689-0019bb2963f4.html">has resolved a two-year-old standoff</a> with the county attorney in Missoula, Mont., in what was originally a dispute over accusations that local prosecutors weren't doing enough to prosecute rape cases.<p>Over time, however, the issue turned into something else: a test of the Feds' power to impose reform on local prosecutors. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 23:14:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 48446 at http://wknofm.org Can Cop-Worn Cameras Restore Faith In New Orleans Police? http://wknofm.org/post/can-cop-worn-cameras-restore-faith-new-orleans-police Body-worn video cameras are quickly becoming standard-issue for American police, especially at departments in the process of reform. And in New Orleans, the troubled police department is now requiring almost all officers to wear the cameras.<p>The city's police department has a dark history of corruption, racism and brutality. Thu, 22 May 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 47620 at http://wknofm.org Can Cop-Worn Cameras Restore Faith In New Orleans Police? Invoking 'Castle Doctrine,' Mont. Man Pleads Not Guilty In Teen's Death http://wknofm.org/post/invoking-castle-doctrine-man-pleads-not-guilty-teens-death Montana resident Markus Kaarma pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of murdering a German exchange student last month. Kaarma shot the 17-year-old while the student was trespassing in his garage. The case has attracted international scrutiny to the contentious debate over how far Americans may go when defending their homes.<p>Kaarma's lawyer, Paul Ryan, says his client feels badly about the shooting, but that prosecutors in Missoula, Mont., have no business charging Kaarma with murder. Wed, 21 May 2014 22:57:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 47572 at http://wknofm.org Invoking 'Castle Doctrine,' Mont. Man Pleads Not Guilty In Teen's Death Botched Oklahoma Execution Mobilizes Death Penalty Opponents http://wknofm.org/post/botched-oklahoma-execution-mobilizes-death-penalty-opponents Oklahoma death row inmate Clayton Lockett's execution was botched on Tuesday, when a relatively new combination of drugs failed to work as expected. The incident, the second of its kind in recent months, is renewing questions of what constitutes "cruel and unusual punishment." <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 46605 at http://wknofm.org