Trials and Error
Trials and Error

“This Person Never Counted Anyway”

When a prisoner dies behind bars, justice can be impossible to come by.

June 7 2017 9:45 AMJeff Sessions’ Rejection of Science Leaves Local Prosecutors in the DarkHis decision to disband the National Commission on Forensic Science has implications for criminal cases across the country.
May 30 2017 5:56 AMCanada Figured Out How to Win the Drug WarDon’t fight it.
May 22 2017 3:10 PMDontae Sharpe Did Not Kill George RadcliffeHe’s been in prison for more than two decades for a crime he didn’t commit. Why won’t North Carolina set him free?
May 15 2017 5:55 AMCan Protesting Trump Inspire White Awareness About Racially Biased Policing?Portland, Oregon, at once a liberal epitome and the whitest city in America, might find out.
May 1 2017 9:02 AMMandatory Minimums Don’t Make Us SaferMany states are realizing this and changing the rules. But district attorneys seem intent on blocking the progress.
April 13 2017 12:43 PM“I’ve Read The New Jim Crow … ”How to tell if a prosecutor is only pretending to be a criminal justice reformer.
April 5 2017 1:29 PMThe New War on DrugsJeff Sessions and the DOJ are pushing for hard-line marijuana policies. Prosecutors across the country are pushing back.
March 30 2017 3:28 PMArkansas Is About to Execute Eight Men in Eleven DaysAt least six of those eight men likely suffer from crippling mental impairments.
March 23 2017 12:29 PMA “Reformer” Who Reformed NothingThe shameful legacy of Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.
March 16 2017 6:48 PMDeath by Non-Unanimous JuryIn Florida, nearly 300 people have been sent to death row despite dissenting votes. It’s up to state prosecutors to right that wrong.
March 15 2017 12:33 PMWhy Are the Courts Protecting Bad Cops?The L.A. County sheriff wants to release the names of 300 deputies with histories of misconduct. He can’t.
March 8 2017 4:54 PMStephen Breyer vs. the Death PenaltyIn a dissent, the Supreme Court justice makes a stirring case to eradicate capital punishment.
March 3 2017 2:03 PMAmerica’s Worst Sheriff Is GoneWill Joe Arpaio’s successor, Paul Penzone, do enough to reverse Maricopa County, Arizona’s horrific policies on immigration?
June 5 2017 5:08 PMHow Is This Man Not a Gang Member?Jeremy Christian was a known white supremacist with a criminal record. The Portland police still didn’t have him in its gang database.
May 25 2017 2:20 PMJustice ScuttledLouisiana was about to fix one of the state’s most shameful laws, but politics got in the way.
May 15 2017 5:47 PMIs the Centre County DA Using a Hazing Death to Get Good Press?Stacy Parks Miller, who’s up for re-election, has previously been accused of unethical behavior in office.
May 12 2017 5:58 AMThree Murders in PhiladelphiaIn the early 1990s, the police arrested three men for crimes they didn’t commit. It’s taken more than 25 years for justice to be served.
April 19 2017 3:57 PMThe Poor Shouldn’t Pay for PunishmentA terrible system in Georgia required poor people who couldn’t pay small fines for misdemeanors to pay for their probation costs.
April 6 2017 6:58 PMIs the “Incarceration Capital of the World” Finally Ready to Lose Its Title?Louisiana’s governor is ready to embrace criminal justice reform. The state’s district attorneys want to stop him.
March 31 2017 4:42 PMConservatives Are Leading the Way as States Enact Criminal Justice ReformCan their enthusiasm stop Donald Trump from pushing his backward “tough on crime” agenda?
March 29 2017 10:15 AMMaking Freedom FreeThe nation’s district attorneys have the power to end the cash bail system. Some of them have started using it.
March 21 2017 5:50 PMAgree With My Politics or I’ll Take Away Your PowerFlorida Gov. Rick Scott’s dangerous, unlawful decision to reassign a prosecutor because she opposes the death penalty.
March 16 2017 12:34 PMProsecutors Made Massachusetts’ Drug Lab Scandal Much, Much WorseThe state has not only been remiss in correcting these faulty convictions; it’s actively hurt the process.
March 10 2017 4:52 PMOklahomans Voted to Make the State’s Criminal Justice System Less BarbaricWill legislators and district attorneys succeed in defying the will of people?
March 7 2017 6:09 PM40 Years Awaiting ExecutionFor many death row inmates, the long process leading to capital punishment is itself cruel—but not unusual.
Feb. 28 2017 5:55 AMIs Capital Punishment Making a Comeback in Dallas?Death sentences in the U.S. have reached a record low, even in Texas. A new district attorney might reverse that trend.