The Riots of ’68What the violence in the wake of the King assassination can, and can’t, teach us about Baltimore today.
The Koch Brothers Want It Both WaysHow can they support criminal justice reform and Scott Walker at the same time?
How Can We Restore Faith in Police?The NYPD’s former chief of department talks candidly about what police need to do to win back the public’s trust.
Why Did the North Charleston Cop Handcuff Walter Scott?Believe it or not, that’s standard police procedure.
The Third ManThe Boston bombing, a triple murder, a mysterious death at the hands of the FBI, and the end of an American dream.
“I Was Not As Interested in Justice As I Was in Winning”Read an extraordinary letter from a remorseful prosecutor who put an innocent man away for 30 years.
Cops and ConservativesCould the DOJ’s Ferguson report lead the right to abandon its love of law enforcement?
OK, So Who Gets to Go Free?Everyone wants to reduce America’s prison population. Now comes the hard part.
What Happened at Slate This Week?Justin Peters takes a tour around the magazine to celebrate his 10 years at Slate.
Young GunsWhen cops shoot kids holding toy weapons, they’re rarely held accountable. That has to change.
Freddie Gray’s Broken NeighborhoodEven by the standards of troubled Baltimore, Sandtown-Winchester is tragically impoverished and violent.
What Do You Do With the Worst of the Worst?Washington state has a pathbreaking new idea for how to handle prisoners in solitary confinement: Don’t give up on them.
Ferguson Is HiringHow to find a chief to run the city’s embattled police department—and how a new hire could make all the difference.
Stop Calling Children’s Gun Deaths “Accidental”They’re the fault of criminally negligent parents and guardians—who must be prosecuted.
Let’s Make a DealA startup helps stores like Bloomingdale’s and Whole Foods give suspected shoplifters a choice: Pay $320, or we’ll call the cops.
A Koch and a SmileConservatives and liberals have joined forces to advance criminal justice reform. Can they really work together?
Does Decriminalization Work?Or does replacing jail time with fines just mean more people get punished?
David Carr’s First Big ScoopThe writer’s brio, bravery, and good humor are all there, right from the beginning.