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How Do Grand Juries Work?

File / Craig Ruttle / AP

Public defenders, members of the legal community and others lay down during a "die-in" protest in the Brooklyn borough of New York Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.

File / Craig Ruttle / AP

Protesters, academics and public officials are calling the use of secretive grand jury investigations into question following the failure of two separate grand juries to indict white police officers involved in the deaths of unarmed black men. Grand juries are used in many states to determine whether there is enough evidence to take a case to trial. The problem, critics say, is that grand juries almost always fail to indict police officers. Gabriel “Jack” Chin is a Professor at UC Davis School of Law. His areas of expertise include criminal procedure, civil rights, and immigration law. He joins us to explain why states use grand juries, the benefits of a grand jury and whether states should consider getting rid of grand juries.

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