Criminal Injustice discusses the always current, sometimes disturbing, frequently confusing and often shocking aspects of the American criminal justice system. Weekly episodes examine issues like police body cameras, racial biases, use of force and incarceration through wide-ranging interviews with national figures in the know. It's not a lecture hall, and you don't need a law degree to keep up. The podcast is, above all else, a conversation, capped with Harris' "Lawyers Behaving Badly" bonus feature that pokes fun at the worst in the legal profession. Join us every Tuesday, review us on iTunes and definitely....

I’ve never seen a higher level of interest and of anger at what goes on in the system, and I’ve never seen a greater need for real information or a greater hunger for change.
— David A. Harris

'Criminal Injustice' podcast by Pitt law professor celebrates 60th episode

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

JUL 25, 2017


When David Harris thinks back to the 2014 killing of Michael Brown, he remembers talking with a lot of reporters.

A leading authority on racial profiling and police behavior, the University of Pittsburgh law professor was accustomed to talking with the media. But following the death of the black Ferguson, Mo., teenager, the number of calls he received skyrocketed.

Reporters wanted to know, Mr. Harris said, about implicit racial bias, how grand juries work, why officer-involved shootings don’t result in more convictions, among a host of other issues.

“There’s such a thirst for knowledge on these topics,” Mr. Harris said, “I thought, there’s a real need here.”

In March 2016, Mr. Harris launched the weekly podcast “Criminal Injustice” to provide a forum to discuss criminal justice and law enforcement with practitioners and commentators from across the country.

Recorded at Pittsburgh’s NPR station, 90.5 WESA-FM, each episode focuses on a specific topic such as police body cameras, community policing, surveillance technology, DNA evidence and minimum sentencing laws...


David A. Harris

David A. Harris is a distinguished faculty scholar and professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, teaching courses in criminal law and criminal procedure. He is widely considered the leading national authority on police behavior and racial profiling in the United States. 

He has written and commented on a range of national security issues, including the police-involved deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice. A former public defender in the Washington, D.C., area, Harris possesses more than 30 years of experience in the legal profession.


Produced by Josh Raulerson and Megan Harris

Megan Harris, Editor | Producer

Megan is a multimedia journalist and editor at 90.5 WESA where she reports on air and coordinates digital strategy and presentation of content at She writes, edits, produces, documents and curates for the station's growing digital properties, including award-winning podcasts, visuals and ongoing reporting projects covering education, rising violent crime rates and more. She's also the producer of WESA's weekly news roundup show, "The Confluence."

Producer, Josh Raulerson

Josh developed a handful of original podcasts at 90.5 WESA, Pittsburgh's NPR news station. A former news director and anchor, the Iowa native and current communications director for the Pennsylvania Environmental Council can also be heard on past episodes of Nanograms and 90.5 WESA's Social Club. His book, Singularities: Technoculture, Transhumanism and Science Fiction in the 21st Century was published in 2013 by Liverpool University Press.



Production assistance by Katie Blackley, Sarah Kovash, Marcus Charleston, Helen Wigger and Patrick Doyle.

Participating interns have included Katie Zilcosky and Alyson Ruggieri.

Photographs courtesy of the University of Pittsburgh and 90.5 WESA.

Music by Ryan Little.