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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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Police Deploy Tear Gas In North Portland As Protesters Seek Sanctions

A Portland-based civil rights organization and other protesters demonstrating against police violence say the city violated a federal court order numerous times during the last several days.

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Federal Lawsuit Calls Out COVID-19 Conditions At Sheridan Prison

The lawsuit raises concerns about the health and safety conditions inside the federal prison in Sheridan. 

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Portland City Leader, Activists Pushing New Police Oversight Board For November Ballot

Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty’s office has contacted more than a dozen groups and individuals — including civil rights organizations, attorneys and religious leaders — to get their input on a potential fall measure.

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Portland Police To Limit Tear Gas, Other Devices, In Temporary Agreement

The Portland Police Bureau will limit its use of a number of less-lethal crowd control methods under an agreement reached Friday. 

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Washington County Jail Deputy Indicted For Assault, Misconduct

A Washington County Jail sheriff's deputy was indicted this week on new charges by a grand jury stemming from a 2018 assault that took place in the jail.

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Oregon Governor Commutes Sentences Of 57 Inmates Vulnerable To COVID-19

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown will commute the sentences of 57 prison inmates who she says are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.

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Oregon Lawmakers Demand Answers On Use Of Surveillance Plane During Protest

Five Democratic members of Oregon's congressional delegation are demanding answers from the U.S. Marshals Service about its reported use of a surveillance airplane during a protest in Portland on June 13.

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Warrant Issued For Right-Wing Brawler Tusitala 'Tiny' Toese

A judge issued a warrant Tuesday for right wing brawler Tusitala “Tiny” Toese, court records show.

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No Money For Bail Left 1 Man To Ride Out COVID-19 In Jail

Wayne Thompson's story is at the intersection of the ongoing debates surrounding criminal justice reform, how systemic racism threatens the lives of Black people, and the dangers of the coronavirus inside America’s jails and prisons.

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Clackamas County Deputies Face Lawsuit After Allegations Of Pressing Knee Into Black 12-Year-Old's Neck

Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts put out a statement noting the incident was investigated by the sheriff's office last year and didn't find any evidence that a deputy placed a knee on Benbo's neck. 

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Visitations In Oregon Prisons Could Be Delayed Further

Leaders at the Oregon Department of Corrections said Wednesday the spike in positive cases of COVID-19 outside its prisons poses an obstacle to resuming in-person visits  between families and inmates.

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Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill To Step Down

Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced Tuesday he will step down as the county's top prosecutor on July 31.

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City Of West Linn Fires Police Officer Involved In Racist Arrest

The city of West Linn fired a police officer Tuesday due to his involvement in a racist investigation and wrongful arrest of a Black man in Portland in 2017.

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Oregon Supreme Court Rules Against Churches Challenging COVID-19 Restrictions

The Oregon Supreme Court ruled against a group of churches and public officials from Eastern Oregon who challenged Gov. Kate Brown's executive orders aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.

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Injured Portland Protesters File Lawsuits Against Police Brutality

The civil lawsuits filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court allege battery and seek damages up to $950,000. In addition, each plaintiff is asking a judge for an injunction prohibiting the police from using weapons that launch projectiles.

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Funding, Union Contracts, Legislation: What's The Best Path To Police Accountability?

As leaders in Portland consider using funding cuts or union negotiations to boost police accountability, lawmakers in Salem could also push law enforcement reforms.

Don't Shoot PDX Sues Portland Over Police Use Of Tear Gas

The suit is filed on behalf of two protesters and the advocacy group Don’t Shoot Portland. Mayor Wheeler is planning a 30-day ban "except limited circumstances."

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Oregon Supreme Court Tosses Non-Unanimous Jury Conviction

The Oregon Supreme Court’s rulings in the case of Olan Williams this week could have larger implications for many of the hundreds of similar non-unanimous jury verdicts currently under review. 

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Prisons Have Oregon's Largest COVID Outbreak But Testing, Social Distancing Remain Scarce

Two of the most critical elements to getting through the coronavirus pandemic — social distancing and widespread testing for the virus — are sorely lacking inside Oregon's prisons.

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Findings Of Police Misconduct Could Get West Linn Cases Tossed

A West Linn police detective committed misconduct and withheld evidence during an investigation that led to the racially motivated arrest of a black man in Portland, according to an investigation released Friday.