Tough on Crime
Some of the country’s top cops are trying to convince Donald Trump that he’s wrong on criminal justice.
James Bailey Is a Liar. Is He a Murderer?A mysterious cache of documents could prove that a man serving a life sentence for homicide was framed by corrupt Alabama authorities—if the documents, and the man, can be believed.
Cops Who Kill, on TrialIn Ohio and South Carolina, jurors are evaluating clear-cut cases of police violence that, legally speaking, are anything but.
Legally Justifiable Police Shootings Aren’t Always Morally Defensible. So Says Charlotte’s Top Cop.How will Police Chief Kerr Putney handle outrage over the killing of Keith Lamont Scott?
How Bad Prosecutors Cause Bad PolicingProsecuting abusive cops is the least that district attorneys can do.
No Convictions for the Officers in the Freddie Gray CaseBut this isn’t necessarily a step back in the movement to make America’s police officers more conscientious and less violent.
A Texas Prosecutor Jailed a Rape VictimTo ensure she’d testify against her attacker, the prosecutor locked up an innocent woman in a notoriously hellish jail.
North Miami Cop Defense: He Was Trying to Protect the Man He ShotSo says the head of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association.
The Bahamas Is Warning Its Citizens About the Dangers of the United StatesThe truth is Bahamians are safer abroad than at home.
Are Black People at Risk When They Carry a Concealed Weapon?Here’s what three Minnesota gun instructors think.
The Oakland Police Department Mess, ExplainedThree chiefs out in eight days. A sex scandal. A mysterious suicide. What in the name of the Bay Bridge is going on?
Omar Mateen Had a “Modern Sporting Rifle”The firearms industry doesn’t call the gun he used in Orlando an assault weapon. It prefers a less threatening name.
The Craziest Black Market in RussiaIt’s not for oil or guns. It’s for plagiarized dissertations. And every self-respecting doctor, lawyer, and politician in the country wants one.
The Imperfect VictimGalen Baughman seemed like an ideal spokesman for sex offenders’ civil rights. Then he got arrested for texting a teenage boy.
The War on Drugs Is Coming BackAs attorney general, Jeff Sessions could embrace its worst features: confidential informants, harsh plea bargains, long sentences.
Should the Media Downplay the New Murder Spike?Depending on your politics, the FBI’s new stats can look scary or meaningless. Here’s a more honest reading.
The Blurred Blue LineWhen police officers take off-duty jobs, do they work for the people, or are they guns for hire?
The Unapologetic Political Machinations of William BrattonGhettoside author Jill Leovy on the departing commissioner.
A Powerful and Pragmatic Approach to Criminal Justice at the DNCThe Clinton campaign acknowledged the work of police—and the suffering of mothers who’ve lost children to violence.
Donald Trump Has Zero Ideas for How to Lower Crime RatesThat doesn’t mean he’s wrong about the troubling spike in violence in America’s cities.
A Shocking Reminder of How Reliant Prosecutors Are on Plea Deals A rogue lab technician in Massachusetts inadvertently shows how rare criminal trials are.
A Police Department That’s Embraced ReformUnder Chief David Brown, the Dallas PD has made tremendous strides in curbing excessive force and reducing officer-involved shootings.
Whatever Happened to Michael Bloomberg’s Anti-Gun Crusade?It still exists—and it’s starting to work.
Three Phone Calls a Father Receives After His Daughter’s Been ShotAt home with a grieving man who has lost a child to gun violence.
A Better Way to Limit Mass Shooting CarnageIt’s not about the type of gun. It’s how many rounds it can fire without reloading.
Blood on the Streets of LouisvilleOn Thursday, the NRA opens its annual convention in the Kentucky city, where more than 100 residents have been shot in 2016.
Big Wins for Black Lives MatterThe prosecutors in the Tamir Rice and Laquan McDonald cases lose their primary races.