Punished for Being PoorIn theory, bail reform is ascendant in San Francisco. In practice, defendants are still locked up because they can’t afford to buy their freedom.
The NFL Protests Are PatrioticThe kneeling players are asking America to do better on criminal justice. If I could, I’d take a knee and join them.
There Are Many Joe ArpaiosThe former Arizona sheriff is famous for his abhorrent behavior. He’s not an anomaly.
When Prosecutors BullyDefense lawyers who get threatened by opposing counsel rarely have a recourse. Here’s how that could change.
How to End Civil ForfeitureNebraska and New Mexico show it’s possible to ban the abhorrent practice of taking money and property from citizens without due process.
Jailing the VictimIs it ever appropriate to put someone behind bars to compel her to testify against her abuser?
SCOTUS Gives Bad Prosecutors a PassIn Turner v. United States, the court signals that it doesn’t care when the government withholds evidence.
Profiling in Your PocketLocal sheriffs want you to use their app to point out potential terrorists. That’s a terrible idea.
Jeff 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.
Dontae 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?
Can 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.
Mandatory Minimums Don’t Make Us SaferMany states are realizing this and changing the rules. But district attorneys seem intent on blocking the progress.
“I’ve Read The New Jim Crow … ”How to tell if a prosecutor is only pretending to be a criminal justice reformer.
How to Stop the Panic Over Violent CrimePresident Trump and Jeff Sessions perversely misrepresent America’s crime data. Here’s a smarter way to read it.
My Brother, the Violent OffenderAn imprecise, capricious label handed down by the criminal justice system can mark a person for life.
The War on Drugs Never EndedIt will be up to thousands of state and local prosecutors to kill it once and for all.
55 Years Behind BarsSheldry Topp was a juvenile when Michigan sentenced him to life in prison. He’s 72 now. It’s time to let him go free.
Why Jurors Are Rejecting the Death PenaltyThere used to be 300 death sentences each year in the United States. Last year, there were just 30.
The Reverse Mass Incarceration Act Won’t Reverse Mass IncarcerationA new bill from Cory Booker and Richard Blumenthal has the right concept. It won’t work.
“This Person Never Counted Anyway”When a prisoner dies behind bars, justice can be impossible to come by.
How 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.
Justice ScuttledLouisiana was about to fix one of the state’s most shameful laws, but politics got in the way.
Is 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.
Three 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.
The 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.
Is 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.