West Virginia Prosecutor Disciplined for Pulling Gun, Threatening to Shoot Office Halloween DecorationsOne man’s arachnophobia causes an office freakout, brings about a no-guns-at-work policy.
Why Do So Many Ex-Cons End Up Back in Prison?Maybe they don’t—a provocative new study says recidivism rates are drastically lower than we think.
How Much Will Congress Really Reduce the Prison Population?When you crunch the numbers, the effect of the proposed law looks mighty modest.
England Refuses to Extradite an Alleged Sex OffenderJudges rule that California’s civil commitment law could result in a “flagrant” violation of the suspect’s human rights.
“It’s Worse Than Prison”Reginald Artis served 27 years behind bars. But just because her sentence was up didn’t mean she got to go free.
Is Juice Delayed Justice Denied?What constitutes “reasonable” use of force by police? It goes back to the case of Dethorne Graham.
The Pardon Process Is BrokenPresidents are granting clemency far less often than they once did. Why?
“A Profound, Glaring Injustice”Sen. Cory Booker on mass incarceration—and the hard choices we’ll need to make if we want to end it.
Slate Voice: “The Trials of Ed Graf”Listen to Slate’s Jeremy Stahl read his story on how Ed Graf’s new trial pitted modern forensics against old-fashioned Texas justice.
Texas Executed an Almost Certainly Innocent ManThe Texas Forensic Science Commission chairman tried to convince Texas that Cameron Todd Willingham was a monster. Did politics trump truth?
Why Is Stolen Art So Hard to Find?The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist has gone unsolved for 25 years. That makes it very, very typical.
Last Man StandingNothing can stop the bipartisan coalition pressing for criminal justice reform. Nothing, except maybe Bill Otis.
“These People Need to Know What We Have Gone Through”The victims of crime who go to prisons to confront criminals, and why they do it.
Why Gun Dealers Are Hardly Ever Subjected to InspectionsIf you're a licensed gun dealer in America, you almost certainly don't have anyone looking over your shoulder.
Top Police and Prosecutors Condemn Mass IncarcerationBut ignore the role they have to play in solving the problem.
Was the Shooting of Tamir Rice “Reasonable”?The bad Supreme Court standard that lets cops who kill go free.
Charlotte Was DifferentAn all-too-familiar story—an unarmed black man killed by a white police officer—with an unfamiliar ending.
GanglandA new way of fighting crime, and helping victims, in Los Angeles—a city with no shortage of either.
“This Is a Fundamentally Different Way of Policing”Can Susan Herman repair the broken relationship between the New York Police Department and the city’s most disadvantaged residents?
St. Louis Police Try a Strange Old TacticOfficers tried to subdue a crowd of protesters by banging their batons on the ground in unison. Does that work?
When Junkies Deserve a PassPeople are dying because drug addicts fear calling 911. More states need to give immunity to users who do the right thing.
Exonerate Cameron Todd WillinghamThe family of a man executed on faulty arson evidence pushes for reform.
What It’s Like to Be Black in the Criminal Justice SystemThese eight charts suggest there are racial disparities at every phase of the justice system.
Five Other Black Lives That MatteredFamilies who lost loved ones to police violence in the years before Ferguson reflect on the year since.
Why Was Sandra Bland Still in Jail?She couldn’t pay her bond. How a bail system the Justice Department has called unconstitutional may have contributed to her death.