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The 5 Most Powerful People in Mississippi’s Hinds County Justice System
Four judges and the top prosecutor decide the fate of thousands in Hinds County courts each year. Here are their backstories.
Jackson • 01.19.2024
Freedom, Family and Faith
Issue 10 of News Inside explores the topics our incarcerated readers told us they care about most.
News Inside • 03.24.2022
A DNA Test Might Help Exonerate This Man. A Judge Won’t Allow It.
North Carolina judge denies testing in a 1992 murder case, but lawyers want shell casings examined.
Case in Point • 03.18.2019
New York City’s Bail Success Story
Judges have drastically cut back on bail and jail in criminal cases, a new study shows. And defendants are still showing up in court.
News • 03.14.2019
Zero Tolerance Lives On
And it’s sapping energy from other law enforcement missions
News • 09.14.2018
So Much for The Great California Bail Celebration
The first state to abolish cash bail. Why are proponents so unhappy?
Analysis • 08.30.2018
A Dangerous Brain
Can neuroscience predict how likely someone is to commit another crime?
Justice Lab • 08.14.2018
Punished for Crimes Not Proven
Brett Kavanaugh and the case of Gregory “Boy Boy” Bell
Case in Point • 07.23.2018
Thelton Henderson transformed California’s criminal justice system. Now comes the backlash.
The California Experiment • 04.23.2018
Why This Judge Dreads Execution Day
“I wondered whether the system I have been a part of for so long was, simply, barbaric.”
Life Inside • 04.12.2018
Why Are Joe Biden and the NRA Endorsing State Judges?
Wisconsin shows off the new normal in judicial elections: political, expensive and often about something else.
News • 04.04.2018
If You Can’t Kill It, Join It
Trump’s nominee to this panel called it “an overfed lemur.”
News • 03.15.2018
Let’s Put an End to Prosecutorial Immunity
“The time has come to create some level of accountability for prosecutors.”
Commentary • 03.13.2018
A judge balks at a corporate plea deal he can’t see
Case in Point • 12.04.2017
No Mercy for Judges Who Show Mercy
North Carolina’s plan to stymie judges who waive fines and fees.
News • 11.29.2017
Debating Risk-Assessment Tools
Experts weigh in on whether algorithms have a place in our criminal justice system.
Commentary • 10.25.2017
Is There a Constitutional Right to Cash in on the Poor?
One Arkansas county takes on a private probation company.
Case in Point • 09.11.2017
I Set a Defendant Free And Got Blamed When He Raped Someone
A judge explains how he decides whether to release a defendant before trial without bail — and how it can go bad.
Life Inside • 08.31.2017
When Justice Gets Personal
A judge examines the impact on those he sentences.
Life Inside • 05.04.2017
Decoding Trump’s Immigration Orders
What to watch as the system prepares for mass deportations.
Analysis • 02.03.2017
The Case of the Do-Nothing Judge
Suppose a judge decides not to decide. For five years.
Case in Point • 08.15.2016
I'm a Judge and I Think Criminal Court Is Horrifying
“I was shocked at the casual racism emanating from the bench.”
Life Inside • 08.11.2016
Kentucky Judge Amber Wolf On Her Newfound Internet Stardom
“All judges are human beings under that robe.”
Q&A • 08.10.2016
The Death Penalty Case Where Prosecutors Wrote the Judge’s ‘Opinion’
Is that fair? The U.S. Supreme Court could soon decide.
Case in Point • 06.19.2016
Should Jurors Refuse to Serve with the Judge in the Brock Turner Case?
The oddest fallout from the Stanford sexual assault
Analysis • 06.13.2016
How Easy Would It Be to Recall the Judge in the Brock Turner Case?
A high-profile sexual-assault case provokes demands for pulling the judge off the bench, but such a remedy is rare.
News • 06.07.2016
Exonerated, Dead and Still on Trial
In a notorious Louisiana case, a judge gets in a last kick.
Case in Point • 05.03.2016
What Happens When There Aren’t Enough Judges to Go Around
84 federal vacancies, and a glacial confirmation rate, put extra stress on some districts
Analysis • 04.26.2016
A One-Man Justice Crusade in North Carolina
Before there was a conservative push for reform, there was ‘Bev’ Lake.
Feature • 07.29.2015
What to Read on the Boston Bombing Trial
In time for closing arguments, ten pieces to catch you up.
News • 04.06.2015
Why judges sometimes opt for sandwich boards, chicken suits, and other embarrassing punishments.
The Lowdown • 03.31.2015
My Judicial Detachment
I was taught that judges reason, never feel. And yet …
Life Inside • 01.05.2015
Trial By Cash
Judicial elections have gotten ugly. That’s bad news for defendants.
Feature • 12.11.2014