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Episode 139: When student athletes play hard, who gets paid?

Nov 12, 2019

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Families bear the costs of alternative sentencing programs

by Kimberly Adams Apr 12, 2019
Does alternative sentencing create a system of easily exploited free labor?
Judge John Kilgore presides over drug court at the Wise County Courthouse in Virginia.
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The opioid epidemic is filling jails. Wise County, Virginia, is looking for alternatives.
Mitzi Bowen, 44, of Wise, Virginia, cleans up after a resident moved out of the Commonwealth Apartments on Dec. 7, 2018. Bowen said she became addicted to opioids after her dentist prescribed Lortabs for tooth pain. "One day I woke up and I couldn't feel good without the pills," she said.
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Full interview: ProPublica's Julia Angwin on biased sentencing algorithms

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Looking at the racial bias of algorithms.
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