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.
Eric 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?
Who Stole Your Identity?Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. says today’s cybercriminal is yesterday’s chain-snatching street hustler.
The Magic QuestionJudges trust jurors to assess their own biases. That might not be such a good idea.
Helicopters Don’t Pay for ThemselvesWhy Eric Holder’s civil forfeiture decision won’t stop civil forfeiture abuse.
Bill de Blasio’s Bad BetHe thought a more diverse NYPD would support a liberal mayor. Here’s why it didn’t.
Dumb and Dumber and DumbererMeet the men who set the gold standard for criminal incompetence in 2014.
1,000 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.
The 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.
Lessons From Newtown for Gun-Owning ParentsAdam Lanza’s unwitting accomplice: His long-suffering mother.
The First Mass School ShootingTeachers and students who fled bullets in Stockton, Calif., 25 years ago mourn in the wake of Newtown.
False CertaintyWhy did the pathologist in the Purvi Patel feticide case use the discredited “lung float test” to show her fetus was born alive?
Throw the Book at ThemShould prisons offer degree-granting courses to convicted felons? An influential conservative voice says yes.
Leave the Cannibal Cop AloneHe never harmed anyone, and his conviction was overturned. Why can’t he look for love on Match.com?
They Couldn’t Breathe, EitherEvery time William Bratton has taken over a police department, excessive-force incidents have followed.
Loose Cigarettes Today, Civil Unrest TomorrowThe racist, classist origins of broken windows policing.
The Cannibal Cop Goes Free, but What About the Murderous Mechanic? One thought-crime conviction has been overturned. Three others have not.
Did 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.
A Year of Gun DeathsWhat Slate learned from trying, and failing, to record every death by gun in America since Newtown.