Trials and Error
Trials and Error

The Poor Shouldn’t Pay for Punishment

A terrible system in Georgia required poor people who couldn’t pay small fines for misdemeanors to pay for their probation costs.

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?
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.