Charlotte Was Different

An all-too-familiar story—an unarmed black man killed by a white police officer—with an unfamiliar ending.

Oct. 2 2015 1:07 PMIs Juice Delayed Justice Denied?What constitutes “reasonable” use of force by police? It goes back to the case of Dethorne Graham.
Sept. 4 2015 1:05 PMThe Pardon Process Is BrokenPresidents are granting clemency far less often than they once did. Why?
Aug. 21 2015 7:40 PM“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.
Aug. 18 2015 6:24 PMSlate 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.
Aug. 15 2015 9:04 PMTexas 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? 
Aug. 14 2015 6:16 PMWhy 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.
Aug. 6 2015 12:57 PM“That’s Our Standard in Policing … Fear”An ex–Baltimore cop explains why police are so violent toward young black men.
July 29 2015 5:53 AMLast Man StandingNothing can stop the bipartisan coalition pressing for criminal justice reform. Nothing, except maybe Bill Otis.
July 19 2015 7:37 PM“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.
July 10 2015 5:45 AM“Prosecution Is About Locking Black People Up”A former black prosecutor on why there aren’t more black prosecutors.
July 2 2015 3:20 PMPut the Pumpkin in the BoatA new dictionary of prison slang.
June 30 2015 5:15 AMHe Killed Her Daughter. She Forgave Him.Linda White believes in a form of justice that privileges atonement over punishment. She practices what she preaches.
June 23 2015 4:07 PMCan 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.
June 18 2015 5:58 PMThe 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?
June 1 2015 4:06 PMThe Best Police Blotter in America—RevisitedWas I totally wrong to praise the Sheriff’s Calls column in the Point Reyes Light?
Sept. 11 2015 3:44 AMGanglandA new way of fighting crime, and helping victims, in Los Angeles—a city with no shortage of either.
Sept. 3 2015 5:40 AM“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?
Aug. 21 2015 11:31 AMSt. 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?
Aug. 18 2015 3:16 PMWhen 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.
Aug. 15 2015 9:03 PMExonerate Cameron Todd WillinghamThe family of a man executed on faulty arson evidence pushes for reform.
Aug. 9 2015 12:11 PMWhat 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.
Aug. 5 2015 2:08 PMFive Other Black Lives That MatteredFamilies who lost loved ones to police violence in the years before Ferguson reflect on the year since.
July 23 2015 8:17 PMWhy 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.
July 15 2015 6:34 PMObama Wants to End Mass IncarcerationCan he?
July 8 2015 5:16 PMWhy Aren’t There More Black Prosecutors?Ninety-five percent of elected prosecutors in the U.S. are white.
June 30 2015 7:49 PMIs Bail Unconstitutional?Our broken system keeps the poor in jail and lets the rich walk free.
June 23 2015 7:21 PMNew RecruitsHow hate groups have used the deaths of Trayvon Martin and other black men to grow their ranks.
June 19 2015 3:02 PMFewer Beds, Fewer InmatesHow Hurricane Katrina helped New Orleans reform a jail system overcrowded with minority prisoners and nonviolent offenders.
June 18 2015 5:55 AMYoung 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?
May 27 2015 9:29 AMThe Best Police Blotter in AmericaThe procedural poetry of the Sheriff’s Calls column in the Point Reyes Light.