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This Alabama Sheriff's New Beachfront Property, Paid for by the Public

March 16, 2018: Alabama Sheriff Todd Entrekin is coming under fire after it was revealed he purchased a $740,000 beachfront property with money earmarked for prisoners. But due to a Depression-era Alabama law, the gambit was entirely legal. The law permits unspent government funds to be deposited in the sheriff's personal bank account. The Takeaway looks at the Depression-era conditions that spawned this law, and how it's being exploited by 21st-century government officials. Plus, we examine the impact of being marked as a 'criminal' in the juvenile justice system; why two reporters were arrested in Myanmar for investigating the Rohingya refugee crisis; and indie rock band Yo La Tengo's first self-produced studio album.

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