Why Aren’t There More Black Prosecutors?Ninety-five percent of elected prosecutors in the U.S. are white.
New RecruitsHow hate groups have used the deaths of Trayvon Martin and other black men to grow their ranks.
Fewer Beds, Fewer InmatesHow Hurricane Katrina helped New Orleans reform a jail system overcrowded with minority prisoners and nonviolent offenders.
Young Man, Adult CrimeA teenage boy stands accused of killing an innocent man. Can the criminal justice system acknowledge a juvenile’s potential to change while also holding him accountable for a terrible act?
The Best Police Blotter in AmericaThe procedural poetry of the Sheriff’s Calls column in the Point Reyes Light.
No Experience, No ProblemIn Arkansas and Indiana, you can become a police officer without any formal training.
Why the CVS BurnedThe rioting in Baltimore wasn’t hooliganism. It was a protest against the depredations of the ghetto economy.
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.
He Killed Her Daughter. She Forgave Him.Linda White believes in a form of justice that privileges atonement over punishment. She practices what she preaches.
Can Inmates and Prison Employees Find Love?Joyce Mitchell was probably duped by the escaped inmates of Clinton Correctional Facility. But sometimes these relationships stem from something more.
The Ethics of EthnographyAlice Goffman’s heralded book about inner-city life has come under fire for inconsistencies and inaccuracies. Is the author to blame—or does the fault lie with her field?
The Best Police Blotter in America—RevisitedWas I totally wrong to praise the Sheriff’s Calls column in the Point Reyes Light?
How Police Learn When to ShootThey watch a grim canon of videos in which their colleagues have been killed in the line of duty.
Hillary Clinton’s Bold MoveBy embracing police and prison reform, she’s changed the terms of the criminal justice debate. Will any Republicans follow her lead?
Baltimore’s Gang ProblemIs the city overrun with Bloods and Crips—or is the police department just looking for a scapegoat?
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.