Let’s Make a DealA startup helps stores like Bloomingdale’s and Whole Foods give suspected shoplifters a choice: Pay $320, or we’ll call the cops.
Does Decriminalization Work?Or does replacing jail time with fines just mean more people get punished?
False CertaintyWhy did the pathologist in the Purvi Patel feticide case use the discredited “lung float test” to show her fetus was born alive?
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Who Stole Your Identity?Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. says today’s cybercriminal is yesterday’s chain-snatching street hustler.
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.
A Koch and a SmileConservatives and liberals have joined forces to advance criminal justice reform. Can they really work together?
Behind the Scenes
Slate Remembers David CarrThe Times media reporter had an outsize influence in the lives and careers of many Slate staffers.
David Carr’s First Big ScoopThe writer’s brio, bravery, and good humor are all there, right from the beginning.
Eric Garner. Michael Brown. Bobby Shmurda.The lawyer for the rapper accused of violent crimes believes his client is a victim of racial injustice. Does he have a point?
Throw the Book at ThemShould prisons offer degree-granting courses to convicted felons? An influential conservative voice says yes.
The Magic QuestionJudges trust jurors to assess their own biases. That might not be such a good idea.
The HoleThe psychological effects of solitary confinement, and the evolving fight to eliminate it.
Cleveland’s Worst In the Tamir Rice shooting and other travesties, why do good police officers stand behind their reckless colleagues?
The Semi-Retirement Myth Don’t buy the tales of meaningful work into your 70s. Your retirement is inevitable—and bleaker than the last generation’s.
In Sickness and in Health, Send Pics Prudie advises a woman whose husband pressures her to sext.
The XX Factor
CPS Finds "Free-Range" Parents Responsible for Unsubstantiated Child Neglect. Now What?
The Walking Dead Podcast Listen to an early release of Slate's recap of Episode 12, "Remember."