Feb. 6 2015 6:30 PMWhy Are So Many Americans in Prison?A provocative new theory.
Feb. 3 2015 1:33 PMEric Garner. Michael Brown. Bobby Shmurda.The lawyer for the rapper accused of violent crimes believes his client is a victim of racial injustice. Does he have a point?
Jan. 23 2015 5:46 PMWho Stole Your Identity?Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. says today’s cybercriminal is yesterday’s chain-snatching street hustler.
Jan. 22 2015 12:14 PMThe Magic QuestionJudges trust jurors to assess their own biases. That might not be such a good idea.
Jan. 16 2015 7:36 PMHelicopters Don’t Pay for ThemselvesWhy Eric Holder’s civil forfeiture decision won’t stop civil forfeiture abuse.
Jan. 13 2015 4:34 PMBill de Blasio’s Bad BetHe thought a more diverse NYPD would support a liberal mayor. Here’s why it didn’t.
Dec. 19 2014 5:40 PMDumb and Dumber and DumbererMeet the men who set the gold standard for criminal incompetence in 2014.
Dec. 3 2014 5:33 PMBroken Windows Policing Doesn’t WorkIt also may have killed Eric Garner.
Aug. 3 2014 11:37 PM1,000 Pounds of DynamiteOn Aug. 26, 1980, a Nevada casino discovered a gigantic bomb—and a ransom note—sitting on its second floor. Here’s what happened next. 
April 17 2014 7:32 AMThe Last Golden Days of Marijuana SmugglingIt was the summer of 1986, and my dad didn’t know his pot empire was about to come crashing down.
Dec. 13 2013 5:30 AMLessons From Newtown for Gun-Owning ParentsAdam Lanza’s unwitting accomplice: His long-suffering mother.
Dec. 12 2013 11:52 PMThe First Mass School ShootingTeachers and students who fled bullets in Stockton, Calif., 25 years ago mourn in the wake of Newtown.
Dec. 12 2013 11:30 PMIt’s Simple: Fewer Guns, Fewer SuicidesTwo scientists explore a decade of data to find the tie between gun ownership and suicide in America.
Dec. 12 2013 2:56 PMFor Whom the Bells TollNot for Adam Lanza—or his mother.
Nov. 21 2013 11:45 AMHelp Slate Dig Deeper Into Gun Deaths in AmericaA crowdsourced analysis of the 10,000-plus people killed by guns since Newtown.
Feb. 5 2015 4:03 PMFalse CertaintyWhy did the pathologist in the Purvi Patel feticide case use the discredited “lung float test” to show her fetus was born alive?
Jan. 28 2015 5:43 PMThrow the Book at ThemShould prisons offer degree-granting courses to convicted felons? An influential conservative voice says yes.
Jan. 22 2015 7:59 PMLeave the Cannibal Cop AloneHe never harmed anyone, and his conviction was overturned. Why can’t he look for love on
Jan. 19 2015 11:45 PMThey Couldn’t Breathe, EitherEvery time William Bratton has taken over a police department, excessive-force incidents have followed.
Jan. 14 2015 7:32 PMThe HoleThe psychological effects of solitary confinement, and the evolving fight to eliminate it.
Jan. 6 2015 11:24 AMSerial’s Next CaseFive crimes the hit podcast should explore in a future season.
Dec. 5 2014 6:37 PMLoose Cigarettes Today, Civil Unrest TomorrowThe racist, classist origins of broken windows policing.
Oct. 1 2014 4:15 PMThe Trials of White Boy RickA Detroit crime legend, the FBI, and the ugliness of the war on drugs.
July 2 2014 7:18 PMThe Cannibal Cop Goes Free, but What About the Murderous Mechanic? One thought-crime conviction has been overturned. Three others have not.
Dec. 13 2013 10:48 AMDid Your State Pass Any Gun Control Laws Since Newtown?The 20 states that passed 41 new state laws to restrict guns or improve background checks.
Dec. 12 2013 11:53 PMA Year of Gun DeathsWhat Slate learned from trying, and failing, to record every death by gun in America since Newtown.
Dec. 12 2013 11:31 PMThe Missing 20,000 Gun DeathsHomicide is only part of the gun violence issue—the smaller part.
Dec. 12 2013 7:24 PMHold Parents AccountableIt’s their responsibility to themselves, their kids, and society to keep guns out of kids’ hands.
Dec. 11 2013 11:52 PMLockdown NationWe routinely terrify and traumatize kids to spare them terror and trauma.
Sept. 20 2013 8:18 AMWhistling Vivaldi Won’t Save YouThe shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell reminds us of the heavy toll of stereotype threat.