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The Maryland State Attorney for Baltimore today charged six police officers with crimes ranging from assault to second degree murder in the death of Freddie Gray. Demonstrators in Baltimore are cheering that quick action. Guest host Barbara Bogaev looks at what's next in the legal case and whether it will buoy the nationwide protest movement against police violence. 

Also, ten years ago Utah promised it would end chronic homelessness in the state by 2015 using a simple but controversial approach which places the hardest-to-help people in apartments -- often ahead of needy families. Some cities agree the strategy works and it even saves taxpayer's money.

Photo: Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby speaks on recent violence and says there is "probable cause to file criminal charges in the Freddie Gray case" of officers involved in the arrest of the black man who later died of injuries he sustained while in custody in Baltimore, Maryland May 1, 2015. (Adrees Latif/Reuters)

Freddie Gray: Prosecutor Charges Officers with Murder, Assault 22 MIN, 48 SEC

There was cheering on the streets of Baltimore today after Maryland State Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced she's charging six police officers in the case of Freddie Gray, the young black man who died in police custody. Charges range from assault to second-degree murder. The medical examiner has ruled Gray's death a homicide as a direct result of having been unrestrained in a police wagon. This comes after nearly two weeks of protests in Baltimore and in cities around the country.

Mosby told the crowd, "To those that are angry, hurt or have their own experiences of injustice at the hands of police officers, I urge you to channel this energy peacefully as we prosecute this case. I've heard your calls for no justice no peace, however your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice for Freddie Gray."

Oliver Lachland, Guardian (US edition) (@oliverlaughland)
Angela J. Davis, American University (@angelaJdavis)
Michael Daly, Daily Beast (@MichaelDalynyc)

Lachman on criminal charges in death of Freddie Gray
Daly on Mosby, 'the prosecutor who could save Baltimore'

Arbitrary Justice

Angela J. Davis

Tackling Chronic Homelessness by Giving Them Homes 27 MIN, 28 SEC

It was a headline that sounded too good to be true. "The Surprisingly Simple Way Utah Solved Chronic Homelessness and Saved Millions." That story ran April 17 in the Washington Post -- and Utah officials say it's for real. The state claims it has cut chronic homelessness by 70% in the past ten years thanks to a counter-intuitive program. Housing First takes the chronically homeless and the hardest cases -- whether they're substance abusers, repeat offenders, the mentally ill, those usually considered least deserving of housing -- and put them in a home with social services and boom. Advocates say not only does it work, it saves money. Critics say it's a PR handout that neglects the most deserving people on the streets.

Photo: Matthew Woitunski

Christopher Smart, Salt Lake Tribune (@cksmart)
Philip Mangano, American Round Table to Abolish Homelessness (@ARTNextPractice)
Dennis Culhane, National Center on Homelessness among Veterans (@dennisculhane)
Paul Boden, Western Regional Advocacy Project (@withouthousing)

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