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Conrad Wilson

Conrad Wilson is a reporter and producer covering criminal justice and legal affairs for OPB.

Prior to coming to OPB, he was a reporter at Minnesota Public Radio. Before that he ran the news department at an NPR affiliate in Colorado. His work has aired on "Marketplace" and NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered." He has also written for Mashable, The Oregonian, Business Week, City Pages and The Christian Science Monitor.

Conrad earned a degree in international political economics and journalism from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

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Recent Articles

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First Oregon Prison Inmate Tests Positive For COVID-19

The Oregon Department of Corrections said an inmate at the Santiam Correctional Institution in Salem tested positive for COVID-19. 

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Federal Judge Denies Effort To Change Immigration Courts Amid COVID-19 Crisis

A federal judge in Portland denied efforts Wednesday that would have forced the nation's immigration courts to implement measures that further prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

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Federal Judge In Portland Could Impose COVID-19 Requirements On Immigration Courts

Courts across the country have dramatically scaled back to only the most essential functions, postponing many trials and hearings in an effort to create more social distance and slow the spread of COVID-19. But immigration courts have largely remained open and at times hosted large groups, immigration advocates argue.

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Umatilla County Suspends Habeas Corpus Hearings Over Coronavirus Concerns

Umatilla County has canceled all habeas corpus hearings and trials until June. It's the latest step taken by government officials to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.

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Oregon Is Burning Through PPE, Putting Health Workers Treating COVID-19 At Risk

Oregon is one of many states that thought they had a federal response to fall back on, thought they had more time. By the time Oregon sought additional protective equipment for health care workers, the new coronavirus was at the doorstep.

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Federal Judge Denies Release Of ICE Detainees At Risk Of Coronavirus

A federal judge in Washington ruled Thursday he won’t allow detainees out of immigration custody over concerns about the coronavirus.

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Fear Grows As Protective Equipment Supplies Dwindle For Oregon Health Care Workers

Oregon is burning through its caches of surgical masks, gowns, face shields and gloves so fast that some hospitals and clinics have just a few days' worth of them left.

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Advocates And Sheriffs Worry Prison, Jails Could Be Incubators For COVID-19

In correctional facilities, where inmates and staff often work or live in close quarters, social distancing restrictions could be near impossible to enforce.

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Pacific Northwest Police Prepare For Coronavirus To Change Their Work

As COVID-19 spreads, law enforcement agencies in Oregon and Washington are preparing, and in some cases even changing, how they'll respond to calls for service.

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Failed Legislative Session Adds To Pressure On Oregon's Mental Health System

Bills fail during legislative session that could have eased pressure on Oregon's mental health care systems. 

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School Closures 'Will Not Stop The Spread Of COVID-19,' Brown Warns

“We are left with little choice,” Gov. Kate Brown said of the decision to close all public K-12 schools through the end of March. Plus: Nike says its World Headquarters in Beaverton will remain open; Port of Astoria cancels all oceangoing cruise ship visits.

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30 Known Coronavirus Cases In Oregon, First Clackamas County Case Announced

Local and state leaders held a news conference Thursday morning to outline the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic. As of Thursday afternoon, the total number of confirmed cases in Oregon is 24.

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Oregon Public Defenders Snubbed By State Lawmakers

A bill that would've boosted Oregon's public defenders died as a result of the derailed legislative session in Salem.

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Oregon State Police, Hillsboro, Clackamas County Sheriff To Defy ICE Subpoenas

The Oregon State Police, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and the city of Hillsboro said they won't comply with a new strategy from federal immigration officials.

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US Justice Department To Start Collecting DNA Of Immigrants

The U.S. Department of Justice is rolling out its long-awaited plan to collect the DNA from what could be hundreds of thousands of detained immigrants, including asylum seekers. 

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West Linn Police, Leaders Sit Down With Man Who Was Racially Targeted

West Linn city leaders and police met Tuesday with the black man targeted by a rogue and racist surveillance operation and arrest led by West Linn officers in 2017.

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Oregon Was 1st Sanctuary Community In US To Respond To ICE Subpoenas

This year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has turned to a new tactic – subpoenas – to get information from sheriffs and police in so-called sanctuary cities and states.

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9th Circuit Allows Trump Administration Abortion Rules To Move Forward

Under the new rules, clinics that receive federal money will be barred from referring patients to an abortion provider.

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Jeremy Christian Found Guilty On All Charges

After a four-week-long trial and a day and a half of deliberation, a jury in Portland has found Jeremy Christian guilty of all counts, including two counts of first-degree murder and a count of first-degree attempted murder. 

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ICE Issues 5 More Subpoenas To Oregon Law Enforcement

Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued five additional requests to Oregon sheriffs and police agencies for information on people ICE wants to deport.