Broken Systems

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It's become a fact of life in the Bay Area — people without homes acting out in unsettling ways on the streets. It may seem like nothing is being done. But chance led KCBS Radio to a story that shows the frustrating and lackluster results when everyday people and authorities try to handle one case by the book. 

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Stan Bunger
December 13, 2019 - 6:58 am
This edition of the Deep Dive Bay Area podcast, "Broken Systems", is inspired by the recent trial and conviction of a homeless man named Michael Watkins. He’s a habitual street offender. In fact, just days after his release from Santa Rita Jail, he was arrested on the same indecent exposure and...
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Chesa Boudin, San Francisco's district attorney elect, has vowed to reduce prosecutions of homeless people for low-level crimes.
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Stan Bunger
December 13, 2019 - 6:08 am
KCBS Radio started this week with the story of a Berkeley homeless man named Michael Watkins — now a registered sex offender after being convicted of a very public act of lewd behavior. In the final piece of our series “Broken Systems” anchor Stan Bunger asks if there are better ways to deal with...
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Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley discusses jury attitudes towards homeless defendants in December 2019.
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Keith Menconi
December 12, 2019 - 6:46 am
This week's special report, Broken Systems , is inspired by the recent trial and conviction of a homeless man named Michael Watkins. By happenstance, we had a unique insight to his case because anchor Stan Bunger was on the jury. In today’s part 4, we turn the spotlight on the role of jurors and...
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Dixie Holt has said that her grandson Michael Watkins is no longer welcome to stay in her home after he's had problems with drug abuse.
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Holly Quan
December 09, 2019 - 1:02 pm
KCBS Radio's special report, "Broken Systems," follows the recent trial and conviction of a homeless man named Michael Watkins. In part 2, KCBS Radio reporter Holly Quan goes beyond the court papers and the stereotypes to learn more about this man who keeps turning up in the courts.
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A homeless man spulls a cart with his belongings on November 25, 2019 in San Francisco.
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Doug Sovern
December 09, 2019 - 12:05 pm
This week's KCBS Special Report, " Broken Systems ," was inspired by the recent trial and conviction of a homeless man named Michael Watkins. He’s a habitual street offender. In fact, just days after his release from Santa Rita Jail last month, he was arrested on on new indecent exposure and lewd...
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It's become a fact of life in the Bay Area — people without homes acting out in unsettling ways on the streets. It may seem like nothing is being done. But chance led KCBS' Stan Bunger to a story that shows the frustrating and lackluster results when ever
City of Berkeley
Stan Bunger
December 09, 2019 - 12:53 am
It's become a fact of life in the Bay Area — people without homes acting out in unsettling ways on the streets. It may seem like nothing is being done. But chance led KCBS Radio's Stan Bunger to a story that shows the frustrating and lackluster results when everyday people and authorities try to...
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