The Imperfect Victim
Galen Baughman seemed like an ideal spokesman for sex offenders’ civil rights. Then he got arrested for texting a teenage boy.
Big Wins for Black Lives MatterThe prosecutors in the Tamir Rice and Laquan McDonald cases lose their primary races.
The Clintons Aren’t to Blame for Mass IncarcerationThe 1994 crime bill was wrongheaded and draconian. But it didn’t cause the explosion in the prison population.
Doing Time in Solitary Is Unimaginably Hard. Getting Out Might Be Harder.Former inmates on the horror of the hole—and the terror of re-entry.
Why is the Connecticut Governor a State of the Union Guest?His state has reduced the prison population—and the crime rate—at the same time.
“They Knew It Was the Right Thing to Do”The unlikely rise of restorative justice in a conservative upstate New York county.
An Exclusive Interview With the “Cannibal Cop”Exonerated of his alleged crimes, Gilberto Valle describes his experience in court, his time in prison, and his attempt to start a new life.
What Do We Really Know About the Alleged Police Cover-Up in Dothan, Alabama?A closer look at a viral article reveals that it offers little evidence to support its disturbing claims.
Black Lives Matter Protesters Shot in MinneapolisWill investigators release the video of Jamar Clark’s death now?
Does Being a Good Cop Mean Frequently Getting Accused of Misconduct?The dangerous logic of police officers who say, “If you’re not getting complaints, you’re not working.”
Waller County Blames Sandra Bland’s Suicide on Her FamilyIn a motion, the county’s lawyers say Bland killed herself because her family failed to bail her out of jail.
Vincent Asaro, Accused of Planning Infamous 1978 Lufthansa Heist, Acquitted of All ChargesThe theft of $6 million in cash and jewels from a vault at JFK Airport was immortalized in Goodfellas.
Numbers RacketThere’s great crime data for nearly every city in the United States. Why is nobody using it?
Black Americans Supported the 1994 Crime Bill, TooMany black leaders saw the notoriously harsh law as an imperfect solution to unbearable levels of urban crime.
The Well-Heeled Ex-Cons Backing the Criminal Justice Reform FightThe storied American tradition of white-collar criminals emerging from prison with a mission.
Did the Police Officers in the Freddie Gray Case Act Reasonably?It depends on whether you think not following department policy is reasonable.
Knife-Wielding Man Lunges at Two Police OfficersYou won’t believe what happened next: They didn’t shoot him!
Why Did It Take More Than a Year to Charge the Officer Who Shot Laquan McDonald?A former prosecutor, now running to be Cook County state’s attorney, decries Chicago’s crawl to justice.
Chicago Cop Charged With First-Degree MurderOfficer Jason Van Dyke was caught on video shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times.
There’s Going to Be a Book About Adnan Syed From SerialRabia Chaudry, who brought the case to Sarah Koenig, is writing it.
There Is No Ferguson EffectBut in the rush to disprove it, we’re ignoring a very real tragedy unfolding in cities like Baltimore and Milwaukee.
Richard Glossip Describes Preparing to DieIn a remarkable interview with journalist Gabrielle Canon, he recounts the torture of counting down the hours to his execution.
How to Run Against a Tough-on-Crime DA—and WinHow reformer Scott Colom unseated an incumbent with 25 harsh years on the job.