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The Cost of Not Knowing

If your police department were put under a microscope and its policies and policing practices were closely scrutinized by a skilled team of investigators, how would it fare? When considering this question, are you basing your answer on rigorous data or just a gut feeling? If you fall into the latter group, relying more on…

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Ep 21: How to Reimagine Policing with Front End Accountability w/ Barry Friedman

Think of the words accountability and policing. Most of us go here: Did the officer do the right thing? Should there be a criminal prosecution? That’s all back end accountability, though–when what policing needs more of is front end accountability. On a recent episode of Pinpoint, I was joined by Barry Friedman, the founding director…

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Ep 20: Why Correctional Facilities Are Understaffed, Underfunded & Undervalued w/ Ethan Aldrich

Hollywood prisons are high-tech, so obviously real-life ones are, too. Oh, and they always have plenty of well-rested staff. Well… Not everything you see on television is true. (Shockingly.) I got to talk with Ethan Aldrich, founder of UNIT Innovations, a tech company centered around government technologies–he actually sold his first govtech software when he…

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Ep 19: How Clackamas County Is Fighting the Opioid Epidemic w/ Sheriff Craig Roberts and Chief Deputy Jenna Morrison

A 100% success rate for one year after graduation for women. An 86% success rate for one year after graduation for men. Those numbers are amazing enough if we were talking about education, but they’re truly one-of-a-kind for substance abuse programs. I got to talk to Sheriff Craig Roberts and Chief Deputy Jenna Morrison of…

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