Martin Kaste http://whqr.org en New York Death Reignites Decades-Old Debate Over Neck Restraints http://whqr.org/post/how-chokehold-aka-neck-restraint-supposed-work Eric Garner's funeral will be held in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Wednesday afternoon. The New Yorker died last week shortly after being wrestled to the ground by police.<p>The arrest was caught <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-5UY9I1EbU">on video</a>, and the case has stirred up considerable anger in New York City — and renewed a debate over the use of force by police officers. Police confronted Garner over the suspicion that he was selling untaxed cigarettes. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:10:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 58495 at http://whqr.org New York Death Reignites Decades-Old Debate Over Neck Restraints States Push For Prison Sentence Overhaul; Prosecutors Push Back http://whqr.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 57769 at http://whqr.org States Push For Prison Sentence Overhaul; Prosecutors Push Back For Prison Reform Critics, Jail Cells Spell Hope To Kick Addiction http://whqr.org/post/prison-reform-critics-jail-cells-spell-hope-kick-addiction Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Now the pushback against prison reform. America's prison population has begun to decline, thanks to reform efforts that are being embraced in some very red states. Texas has been leading the pack, changing its system to divert more offenders away from prison and into drug treatment and work-release programs. Still, not everyone is on board, especially when you start talking about eliminating prison time for drug offenders. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:38:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 57748 at http://whqr.org In A Standoff With Montana Officials, The Justice Department Blinks http://whqr.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 56310 at http://whqr.org Can Cop-Worn Cameras Restore Faith In New Orleans Police? http://whqr.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 55365 at http://whqr.org Can Cop-Worn Cameras Restore Faith In New Orleans Police? Invoking 'Castle Doctrine,' Mont. Man Pleads Not Guilty In Teen's Death http://whqr.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 22:46:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 55308 at http://whqr.org Invoking 'Castle Doctrine,' Mont. Man Pleads Not Guilty In Teen's Death Botched Oklahoma Execution Mobilizes Death Penalty Opponents http://whqr.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 54205 at http://whqr.org Wash. Loses 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver Over Teacher Evaluations http://whqr.org/post/wash-loses-no-child-left-behind-waiver-over-teacher-evaluations Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Washington has become the first state to lose its waiver to the No Child Left Behind Act. Most states have waivers to some of the more stringent requirements of the 2001 federal law but those waivers come with conditions. As NPR's Martin Kaste reports, Washington is being punished because it didn't fulfill a condition that is very dear to the Obama administration.<p>MARTIN KASTE, BYLINE: What the administration wants is simple. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20:22:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 53974 at http://whqr.org Feds Rescind Washington State's 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver http://whqr.org/post/feds-rescind-washingtons-no-child-left-behind-waiver Washington has become the first state to have its "No Child Left Behind" waiver revoked by the Obama administration. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 23:54:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 53928 at http://whqr.org Obama To See Effects Of Deadly Mudslide In Oso, Washington http://whqr.org/post/obama-see-effects-deadly-mudslide-oso-washington Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And on his way to Asia, the president will make a stop in Washington state. There, he will view the destruction from a massive landslide north of Seattle in the town of Oso. Obama will meet with those affected by that disaster and first responders. It was a month ago that the hillside gave way and wiped out a rural neighborhood. Crews have been looking for the remains of victims ever since. The official death toll now stands at 41. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 53742 at http://whqr.org