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The Georgia State Senate passed a bill last year that bars local governments from banning certain types of dogs. The measure never got a vote in the House, but it's a sign of how often breed-specific bans are cropping up in Georgia. Plus, crime scene investigation shows are all the rage on television, but one Georgia classroom is taking a practical approach to teaching the art of forensic science by using the corpse of a dead pig. Also, more people are prosecuted for illegally crossing the border than any other federal crime. But these inmates are not held in prisons run by the U.S. government. They're placed in a little-known system of private prisons that were set up to save money. Two of these prisons are in Georgia. And a federal judge ordered former state representative Tyrone Brooks to pay $250,000 in restitution last week. Brooks was sentence to serve a year and a day in prison last April for tax, mail, and wire fraud. He is scheduled to report to federal prison next week.



Full Show - February 9, 2016

The Georgia State Senate passed a bill last year that bars local governments from banning certain types of dogs. The measure never got a vote in the House, but it's a sign of how often breed-specific bans are cropping up in Georgia. Host Celeste Headlee talks about the effectiveness of these policies with Emily Patterson-Kane of the American Veterinary Medical Association. She also chats with Cheri Reisch, the mayor of Hallsville, Missouri, which recently overturned its ban on pit bulls, and we hear from a city council member in Fitzgerald, Georgia, which began banning new pit bulls a few years ago.

More people are prosecuted for illegally crossing the border than any other federal crime. But these inmates are not held in prisons run by the U.S. government. They're placed in a little-known system of private prisons that were set up to save money. Two of these prisons are in Georgia. A new story in The Nation magazine raises questions about how these cost-saving measures affect the inmates. Host Celeste Headlee speaks with reporter Seth Freed Wessler, who wrote about the history of these prisons and why dozens of men have died in this system. Then, a federal judge ordered former state representative Tyrone Brooks to pay $250,000 in restitution last week. Brooks was sentence to serve a year and a day in prison last April for tax, mail, and wire fraud. He is scheduled to report to federal prison next week. Host Celeste Headlee speaks with the former Georgia lawmaker and civil rights activist about his sentence.

Crime scene investigation shows are all the rage on television, but one Georgia classroom is taking a practical approach to teaching the art of forensic science by using the corpse of a dead pig. Host Celeste Headlee talks to teacher Thomas Washburn and Cambridge High School senior Jordan Crosby about the lessons being taught in this unique crime scene course.