Throw the Book at Them
Should prisons offer degree-granting courses to convicted felons? An influential conservative voice says yes.
Who Stole Your Identity?Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. says today’s cybercriminal is yesterday’s chain-snatching street hustler.
The Magic QuestionJudges trust jurors to assess their own biases. That might not be such a good idea.
Helicopters Don’t Pay for ThemselvesWhy Eric Holder’s civil forfeiture decision won’t stop civil forfeiture abuse.
Bill de Blasio’s Bad BetHe thought a more diverse NYPD would support a liberal mayor. Here’s why it didn’t.
Dumb and Dumber and DumbererMeet the men who set the gold standard for criminal incompetence in 2014.
1,000 Pounds of DynamiteOn Aug. 26, 1980, a Nevada casino discovered a gigantic bomb—and a ransom note—sitting on its second floor. Here’s what happened next.
The Last Golden Days of Marijuana SmugglingIt was the summer of 1986, and my dad didn’t know his pot empire was about to come crashing down.
Lessons From Newtown for Gun-Owning ParentsAdam Lanza’s unwitting accomplice: His long-suffering mother.
The First Mass School ShootingTeachers and students who fled bullets in Stockton, Calif., 25 years ago mourn in the wake of Newtown.
It’s Simple: Fewer Guns, Fewer SuicidesTwo scientists explore a decade of data to find the tie between gun ownership and suicide in America.
Help Slate Dig Deeper Into Gun Deaths in AmericaA crowdsourced analysis of the 10,000-plus people killed by guns since Newtown.
How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown?Slate partners with @GunDeaths for an interactive, crowdsourced tally of the toll firearms have taken since Dec. 14.
Leave the Cannibal Cop AloneHe never harmed anyone, and his conviction was overturned. Why can’t he look for love on Match.com?
They Couldn’t Breathe, EitherEvery time William Bratton has taken over a police department, excessive-force incidents have followed.
Loose Cigarettes Today, Civil Unrest TomorrowThe racist, classist origins of broken windows policing.
The Cannibal Cop Goes Free, but What About the Murderous Mechanic? One thought-crime conviction has been overturned. Three others have not.
Did Your State Pass Any Gun Control Laws Since Newtown?The 20 states that passed 41 new state laws to restrict guns or improve background checks.
A Year of Gun DeathsWhat Slate learned from trying, and failing, to record every death by gun in America since Newtown.
Hold Parents AccountableIt’s their responsibility to themselves, their kids, and society to keep guns out of kids’ hands.
Whistling Vivaldi Won’t Save YouThe shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell reminds us of the heavy toll of stereotype threat.
The Whitey Bulger TrialIn the least surprising verdict ever, the Boston gangster is very, very guilty. Here’s why the trial wasn’t a waste of time.