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Justice Dept. adopts USF professor’s training program that hopes to reduce law enforcement bias

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The U.S. Department of Justice announced this week that it will now train all of its law enforcement agents and prosecutors to recognize and address implicit bias as part of its regular training curricula, using a program developed by USF Associate Professor of Criminology, Lorie Fridell. The demand for such programs has spread in the wake of a series of shootings of unarmed black men by white police officers in recent years. It comes after the DOJ was criticized for not developing its…

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Mitch Perry Report for 4.27.16 – Time for Hillsborough BOCC to make a decision

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Hillsborough County Commissioners unanimously approved increasing what used to be call impact fees but are now dubbed mobility fees. It’s actually a pretty big deal by itself, considering that they hadn’t done so since Ronald Reagan was still president. The fees are designed to have developers pay for the increase in construction to roads needed to handle the increased traffic. Fees for home developers building a house that range between 1,500-2,500 square feet would rise from $1,792 currently to $4,967…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.28.15 – GOP convention memories

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While the nation’s media will focus quite correctly this weekend on the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans, anyone remember Hurricane Isaac? (Let’s not even talk about Erika). That was the storm that forced the cancellation of the first day of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa three years ago, making today the third anniversary of the beginning of that political quadrennial event. Oh, the memories. The Tampa RNC (like the Democrats in Charlotte a week later) was only…

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