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Her Baby Died After Hurricane Katrina. Was It a Crime?
An expansive definition of murder in Louisiana leaves many behind bars forever.
Feature • 12.16.2021
The DAs Who Want to Set the Guilty Free
‘Sentence review units’ would revisit harsh punishments from the past.
News • 03.20.2018
If You Can’t Kill It, Join It
Trump’s nominee to this panel called it “an overfed lemur.”
News • 03.15.2018
The Problem with the Justice Department
It’s a building full of prosecutors.
Commentary • 05.30.2017
When Justice Gets Personal
A judge examines the impact on those he sentences.
Life Inside • 05.04.2017
The Limits of Prosecutorial Power
There are criminal justice actors more powerful than prosecutors.
Commentary • 05.02.2017
Inside the Clemency Lottery
The difference between the freed and the left-behind was often luck.
Commentary • 01.26.2017
What We Can Learn from the Amazing Drop in Juvenile Incarceration
Lesson One: Don’t make policies when emotions are running high.
Commentary • 01.24.2017
Why Congress May Bring Criminal Justice Reform Back to Life
Four reasons a bipartisan bill has a better chance than you think
Analysis • 12.16.2016
In Alabama, You Can Be Sentenced to Death Even if Jurors Don’t Agree
Judges have uniquely uncommon power in the state.
Feature • 12.07.2016
Death by Another Name
California Prop 62 would repeal the death penalty. A lifer says it doesn’t go far enough.
Crime on the Ballot • 10.23.2016
Bill Clinton, “Black Lives” and the Myths of the 1994 Crime Bill
Pause the debate for some inconvenient history.
Commentary • 04.11.2016
Politicians Still Say Longer Prison Sentences Prevent Gun Violence — But Do They?
What we know about “gun enhancements.”
Justice Lab • 10.14.2015
Obama’s Final 500 Days
People from across the political spectrum suggest criminal justice reforms the president should enact during his remaining time in office.
Commentary • 09.03.2015
‘...No One Thinks About How [New Research] Will Actually Be Implemented.’
A selection of recent letters from our readers.
What You're Saying • 08.10.2015
The New Science of Sentencing
Should prison sentences be based on crimes that haven’t been committed yet?
Feature • 08.04.2015
Federal Prisons Could Release 1,000 Times More Drug Offenders Than Obama Did
New, retroactive sentencing guidelines begin to kick in.
News • 07.23.2015
‘Justice and Redemption Go Hand in Hand.’
A closer look at the president’s speech on criminal justice reform.
Analysis • 07.15.2015
Shorter Sentences, Shrinking Prisons
A new report could have a big impact on New York’s prison population — if anyone pays attention.
News • 05.26.2015
The Petri Dish
Georgia has become the laboratory of criminal justice reform.
Commentary • 03.19.2015