Leon Neyfakh
Leon Neyfakh Leon Neyfakh

Leon Neyfakh is a Slate staff writer.

Crime
June 30 2015 7:49 PMIs Bail Unconstitutional?Our broken system keeps the poor in jail and lets the rich walk free.
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June 19 2015 3:02 PMFewer Beds, Fewer InmatesHow Hurricane Katrina helped New Orleans reform a jail system overcrowded with minority prisoners and nonviolent offenders.
The Slatest
June 12 2015 11:58 AMCleveland Cop Fired 49 Shots at Two Unarmed Black People. The Judge Who Let Him Off Explains Why.
Crime
May 27 2015 9:29 AMThe Best Police Blotter in AmericaThe procedural poetry of the Sheriff’s Calls column in the Point Reyes Light.
The Slatest
May 18 2015 6:31 PMA Former Informant Describes the Violent and Sartorially Complicated World of Biker Gangs
The Slatest
May 12 2015 6:11 PMPolice Chief Issues Extraordinary Statement After His Officer Is Cleared in Shooting of Unarmed Black Teen
Crime
May 4 2015 3:13 PMHillary Clinton’s Bold MoveBy embracing police and prison reform, she’s changed the terms of the criminal justice debate. Will any Republicans follow her lead?
Music
April 30 2015 1:08 PMTween SpiritRevisiting an adolescence spent hunting for Nirvana rarities on CD bootlegs in dusty record stores.
Crime
April 27 2015 11:52 PMThe Riots of ’68What the violence in the wake of the King assassination can, and can’t, teach us about Baltimore today.
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April 21 2015 3:08 PMThe Koch Brothers Want It Both WaysHow can they support criminal justice reform and Scott Walker at the same time?
The Slatest
April 13 2015 9:04 PMFeds Launch Investigation Into Death of a Chicago Teen Shot 16 Times and Killed by Police
The Slatest
April 9 2015 12:40 AM“This Is Not Right.” Man Who Filmed Walter Scott Shooting Speaks for First Time.
Crime
April 8 2015 10:17 AMWhy Did the North Charleston Cop Handcuff Walter Scott?Believe it or not, that’s standard police procedure.
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April 3 2015 1:51 PMWhat Do You Do With the Worst of the Worst?Washington state has a pathbreaking new idea for how to handle prisoners in solitary confinement: Don’t give up on them.
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April 2 2015 10:44 AMCalifornia’s Sane New Approach to Sex OffendersAnd why no other state is following its example.
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June 23 2015 7:21 PMNew RecruitsHow hate groups have used the deaths of Trayvon Martin and other black men to grow their ranks.
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June 18 2015 5:58 PMThe Ethics of EthnographyAlice Goffman’s heralded book about inner-city life has come under fire for inconsistencies and inaccuracies. Is the author to blame—or does the fault lie with her field?
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June 1 2015 4:06 PMThe Best Police Blotter in America—RevisitedWas I totally wrong to praise the Sheriff’s Calls column in the Point Reyes Light?
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May 21 2015 2:43 AMHow Police Learn When to ShootThey watch a grim canon of videos in which their colleagues have been killed in the line of duty.
The Slatest
May 18 2015 1:13 PMObama Is Making His Big Law Enforcement Speech in Camden, New Jersey. Why Camden?  
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May 8 2015 2:46 PMNo Experience, No ProblemIn Arkansas and Indiana, you can become a police officer without any formal training.
The Slatest
May 1 2015 8:53 PMWhat Police Officers Think of the Baltimore Indictments
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April 29 2015 1:20 PMBaltimore’s Gang ProblemIs the city overrun with Bloods and Crips—or is the police department just looking for a scapegoat?
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April 27 2015 5:02 PMFreddie Gray’s Broken NeighborhoodEven by the standards of troubled Baltimore, Sandtown-Winchester is tragically impoverished and violent.
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April 16 2015 7:53 PMNew York City’s Brave New Police PolicyEvery city should copy it.
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April 10 2015 4:03 PMHow Can We Restore Faith in Police?The NYPD’s former chief of department talks candidly about what police need to do to win back the public’s trust.
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April 8 2015 3:02 PMThe 10 Other Cop Shootings in South Carolina This YearA closer look.
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April 7 2015 8:00 AMNo DealShould prosecutors be forced to have their plea bargains approved by juries?
Plus Roundups
April 3 2015 12:21 PMWhat Happened at Slate This Week? Here are Leon Neyfakh’s favorite reads from Slate this week, from safe sex and condoms to terrible tweets.
The Slatest
March 27 2015 6:10 PMSt. Louis Police to Limit Use of Tear Gas in Response to Ferguson Lawsuit

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