Hunger Strike
3:53 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Inmate, William Coleman Faces Deportation or a Longer Prison Sentence

Courtesy of State DOC

An inmate who has been on a hunger strike for more than six years was back in court Thursday. 

William Coleman, a native of Great Britain has completed an eight year sentence for spousal rape. Yet he's still in prison.

To find out more, WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke with Christine Stuart, editor of the has covered Coleman's complicated case for years. 

12:44 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Connecticut Supreme Court To Hear Arguments On Death Penalty Repeal

Connecticut’s Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday on whether the state’s death penalty repeal violates the constitutional rights of inmates currently on death row.   The law ends capital punishment for all future crimes.

When Connecticut repealed the death penalty last year, the change was “prospective”, not retroactive.  

That means capital punishment is abolished for future cases, but not for inmates already facing execution.

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Where We Live
2:39 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Boston Marathon Bombing Coverage

WNPR ongoing coverage of the investigation and manhunt for Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev. As the search takes over the greater Boston area, it also has implications for Connecticut residents. 

Where We Live guests:

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1:35 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Law Enforcement's Response to the Boston Marathon Bombing

Aaron Tang (Flickr Creative Commons)

Information about yesterday's explosions at the Boston Marathon is still trickling in, but the two big questions - who did it and why - have yet to be answered.

National security expert Scott Bates, speaking on WNPR's Morning Edition, says he expects the FBI to name a suspect fairly soon.

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4:18 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Attempted Sexual Assault At Fraternity On Wesleyan University Campus

Alan Cleaver, Flickr Creative Commons

Middletown Police are investigating an attempted sexual assault at a fraternity on the Wesleyan University campus. A lawsuit is pending over a 2010 rape at the same fraternity.

About a week ago, Middletown Police responded to a call at the Mu Epsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi at Wesleyan. Police say an individual was allegedly assaulted, but was able to fend off the attacker and flee during an attempted sexual assault. The name and sex of the victim have not been released and its not clear if it was a Wesleyan student. 

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6:47 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Improving Sexual Climate On Campus

Yale University has introduced new workshops for students aimed at reducing sexual misconduct and improving the sexual climate on campus. Many sexual misconduct and prevention programs for college students center on decision-making and consent.

But if you’re at the point where there’s a question about consent, then you already have a communication problem, says Yale student Matt Breuer. He’s a Communication and Consent educator at the university. He says Yale’s workshops begin with conversation about sexual pressure.  

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7:31 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Searching for a Teachable Moment in Torrington

TV cameras persist in Torrington nearly a week after vicious online comments about an alleged statutory rape victim went viral. Now the town is wrestling with some difficult questions. School district officials say they’re doing their best to protect student confidentiality and to move forward.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:26 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Statutory Rape & The Trouble In Torrington

Nigsby, Flickr Creative Commons

What is this story we're unpacking today? In a nutshell, two Torrington high school football players -- both 18 -- and a third boy -- 17 and therefore unidentified -- were arrested and charged with statutory rape arising from sex with two 13 year old girls. When the news came out, a group Torrington students jumped on social media and publicly blamed the victims. They called the girls whores and snitches, and demanded to know why they were not being punished.

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Where We Live
11:07 am
Thu February 28, 2013

The Rights and Dangers of Bearing Arms

Michael Saechang Creative Commons

Today - we’re talking about guns. It seems like that’s all we’ve been talking about since the mass shooting in Newtown that left 20 children and 6 educators dead.

While that crime left people stunned because of the horrific circumstances, Newtown is only part of a much bigger problem. 

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Where We Live
11:09 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Project Longevity

Chion Wolf

Alicia Caraballo’s story is far too common in Connecticut cities: “I have a 24 year old son. Only child. Did everything the right way. Went to school. Became a social worker. Became a school administrator. Little did I know I would be called to the hospital because my son was murdered.” She’s now Adult Education Director for the New Haven Board of Education - and one of many officials and activists throwing their support behind a new attempt at curbing gun crime: Project Longevity.

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Where We Live
10:43 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Getting Out Of Prison...And Staying Out

Jenn Vargas (Flickr Creative Commons)

One out of every 100 Americans is locked up in jail or prison.

The US has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Most offenders will be released from incarceration, and more than 40% will be back behind bars within three years.

Many states, including Connecticut, are looking at ways to stop that revolving door, make cities safer, and get a better return on corrections investments.

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Early Release Programs
8:34 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Republican Lawmakers Call For Suspension Of Early Prison Release Program

Some Republican lawmakers are calling for the suspension of a state program that allows incarcerated inmates to earn credits towards early release from prison.  

A law passed last year allows prisoners who behave well and agree to participate in rehabilitative programs to earn credits towards early release. 

Two murders have taken place in the past few months in Connecticut, allegedly by offenders who’d earned early release credits.  

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:40 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

MSNBC's Chris Hayes, Plus a Look at America's Criminal Justice System

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Join Faith for conversation with MSNBC's Chris Hayes. And a look at criminal justice from two angles, the psychology of the system, and whether a murderer can ever be redeemed.

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Human Trafficking
6:59 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Child Sex Trafficking a Growing Problem

Child sex trafficking is a growing national problem. Congress wants to toughen federal laws against this exploitation, and its looking to Connecticut for help.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:56 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

MSNBC's Chris Hayes, Plus a Look at America's Criminal Justice System

Neil Conway Creative Commons

Join Faith for conversation with MSNBC's Chris Hayes. And a look at criminal justice from two angles, the psychology of the system, and whether a murderer can ever be redeemed.

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6:48 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Two Men Charged In Massive Pharmaceutical Theft In Enfield

Diane Orson

Two men have been arrested and charged in a massive 2010 theft of pharmaceuticals from a warehouse in Enfield, Connecticut. Virtually all the drugs have been recovered.

Here’s how US Attorney David Fein characterizes the audacious heist: 

"As far as we know, this brazen crime was the biggest theft in Connecticut history and in the history of the pharmaceutical industry countrywide."

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Capital Punishment
7:27 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Connecticut Ends The Death Penalty

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has signed a repeal of the state’s death penalty into law. The signing ceremony took place Wednesday -  just hours after a new poll showed state voters split over an appropriate punishment for murder.

Governor Malloy signed the bill abolishing capital punishment in a private ceremony with lawmakers, clergy and family members of victims. 

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War on Terror
7:21 am
Tue April 10, 2012

British Terror Suspect May Be Extradited To Connecticut

The European Court of Human Rights has cleared the way for a British terror suspect, wanted in Connecticut, to be extradited.  

37-year old Babar Ahmad is accused of raising funds for terrorists through an internet service provider based in Trumbull, Connecticut. 

He was arrested as part of a larger investigation that led to the 2008 conviction of former Navy sailor Hassan Abu-Jihaad.  Abu-Jihaad leaked classified information through a website that Ahmad allegedly operated. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:31 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Questions Continue In Trinity Assault Case

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We tend to see familiar patterns in the life around us. When a Trinity student was badly beaten on a street bordering the college, we saw violence coming from the neighborhood. When the Hartford police released a description of the suspects as white women and men in their twenties, many of us didn't let that alter our understanding of what had happened.

But in the four weeks since the assault, other versions of the story have trickled out across the campus and through the city.

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Hartford Crime
6:52 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

City And Police Seek Help In Solving Man's Death

In Hartford, Mayor Pedro Segarra held a press conference today/yesterday to ask the public for help in solving the case of a city man found in the street last month.  The man, Dartanyon Blake, later died.  WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. Blake's family has said he was the victim of a hit-and-run in the city's Blue Hills neighborhood.  Police say that that's one of the options they're looking into, but that the investigation has slowed -- and they need some help from the community. Segarra agreed. "This is very important.

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Hartford Crime
5:52 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

A Hartford Obituary: Dartanyon Blake

Dartanyon Blake

Two years ago, we told you the story of Dartanyon Blake -- then a 37-year-old man, born and raised in Hartford, who got in trouble young and who couldn't get out. Blake passed away recently. WNPR's Jeff Cohen has this remembrance.

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Crime Reduction
8:22 am
Thu January 5, 2012

New Haven Police Chief On How To Stop The Violence

Diane Orson

Homicides in New Haven reached a near-record high in 2011. The city’s new police chief spoke to WNPR about what it will take to stop the violence.

There were 34 homicides in New Haven last year. Police Chief Dean Esserman says the face of violence in the city reflects other cities across the nation.  

"This country of ours is not at war on the streets of America. Providence kills Providence. Hartford, Hartford. New Haven, New Haven. These are our own children killing each other. And it needs to stop."

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Public Safety
4:05 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Is Hartford's Public Safety Complex Safe?

The city of Hartford is building a new, $77 million public safety complex to help protect its residents.  But, the complex could use some protection itself.  As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, thieves have stripped it copper at least five times since May. When it opens in 2012, the public safety complex will be the new home of Hartford's police, fire, and emergency communications divisions. But so far, it's been an open invitation for thieves. David Panagore is the city's chief operating officer.

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Where We Live
11:34 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Youth Media


Young people in New Haven are tackling the crime problem with microphones and video cameras. This is just part of a growing number of youth media projects that are opening up ears and minds about young people growing up around the world.

Today, we’ll talk to the head of Youth Rights Media in New Haven - and a Yale World Fellow and Ted Fellow Gavin Sheppard. He started his own organization in Toronto, empowering youth through creative industries like music and writing.

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Where We Live
10:39 am
Tue November 22, 2011

The Unreliable Eyewitness

kevin dooley

Every year, more than 75,000 eyewitnesses identify criminal suspects in the U.S., and studies suggest that as many as a third of them are wrong.

Nearly 300 people nationally have been exonerated thanks to DNA evidence, and that number is expected to rise.  Meanwhile, many guilty people have been let to live free.

Today, where we live, Connecticut’s new task force to look at eyewitness testimony and its reliability.

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Where We Live
10:02 am
Tue September 13, 2011

Stealing Rembrandts...And Picassos And Vermeers


An FBI database lists more than 6,000 pieces of stolen and missing artwork.

In 2004, the FBI created an art crime team dedicated to recovering stolen or otherwise missing paintings, sculptures and cultural artifacts from around the world.

Thirteen pieces in that database were taken from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. In 1990, that’s where one of the most notorious art heists of all-time occurred.

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Motor Vehicle Charges Against State Treasurer
4:19 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Hartford Police Union Gives Its Side Of the Nappier Story

State prosecutors and Hartford Police say there was no basis for the motor vehicle charges filed against state State Treasurer Denise Nappier last week that resulted in her car being towed after a traffic stop. Hartford Police Union officials say its officers did nothing wrong.

Nappier told the Hartford Courant that she had dropped off a friend when police stopped her. And she questioned whether being black, in a black car, in a black neighborhood may have made police suspicious. But, according to the police union, there's more to the story.

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4:42 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

Soldier Who Served With Connecticut National Guard Guilty of Murder

A military jury has found a U.S. Army National Guardsman guilty of premeditated murder in the shooting death of an Afghan civilian.

Sgt.Derrick Miller of Hagerstown, Md., was convicted Wednesday. He was assigned to a Connecticut National Guard unit attached to the 101st Airborne Division at the time of the shooting in Eastern Afghanistan.

WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke with Associated Press reporter, Kristin M. Hall who covered the trial at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. .

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