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What the End of Roe Looks Like in Real Time
The ripple effects of the Supreme Court’s 2022 decision wind their way through state and local governments.
Closing Argument • 12.09.2023
A Chaotic Moment For The Death Penalty
Political and legal opinions are shifting on mental illness and capital punishment, but those on death row may be left behind.
Closing Argument • 10.14.2023
Drug Addiction and the Paths to Prison
We learn how prosecutors can turn one of the darkest days in a mother’s life into a prison term, and hear Tarra Simmons’ journey from behind bars to writing laws.
Inside Story • 03.02.2023
Why So Many Jails Are in a ‘State of Complete Meltdown’
Overcrowding, violence and abuse proliferate at jails across the country, as staffing problems make long-simmering problems worse.
News • 11.04.2022
Oklahoma Is Prosecuting Pregnant Women for Using Medical Marijuana
Two district attorneys have targeted mothers with child neglect felonies.
Feature • 09.13.2022
They Lost Their Pregnancies. Then Prosecutors Sent Them to Prison.
Dozens of women who used drugs while pregnant have faced criminal charges. Experts expect even more cases now that Roe has been overturned.
Feature • 09.01.2022
From Last Meals to Last Words, What Can Death Row Prisoners Request Before They Die?
As a Texas man sues for his pastor to touch him during his execution, a guide to rights for the condemned.
Death Sentences • 09.07.2021
Everyone on Death Row Gets a Lawyer. Not Everyone Gets a Kim Kardashian.
The case of Rodney Reed — whose innocence claims were championed by the reality TV star — raises questions about celebrities’ role in the criminal justice system.
Death Sentences • 07.16.2021
Can The Death Penalty Be Fixed? These Republicans Think So
A growing number of conservative lawmakers want to overhaul capital punishment, or end it.
Death Sentences • 04.15.2021
Moving People—and Coronavirus—From Prison to Prison
As COVID-19 infections soar, prisoners and corrections officers worry that transferring people between facilities is causing outbreaks.
Coronavirus • 12.21.2020
Cops Could Use First Aid to Save Lives. Many Never Try.
Most officers get training to respond to injuries, but are often not required to use it.
Feature • 12.15.2020
Half of Oklahoma Is Now Indian Country. What Does That Mean for Criminal Justice There?
Tribal courts and federal prosecutors face a flood of new cases after the Supreme Court ruling.
Feature • 08.04.2020
How More Than 50 Women Walked Out of a Prison in Oklahoma
The state slashed sentences for more than 500 people convicted in low-level drug and theft cases.
News • 11.04.2019
D’Angelo Burgess Fled From Police. Does That Make Him a Killer?
An Oklahoma case raises issues about both felony murder charges and high-speed police pursuits.
Case in Point • 05.30.2019
Why Oklahoma Plans to Execute People With Nitrogen
The state knows shockingly little about how this would work.
News • 03.15.2018
The Death Penalty is Alive and Well
Voters in three states approve measures to strengthen capital punishment.
Crime on the Ballot • 11.09.2016
Three States to Watch if You Care About the Death Penalty
Nebraska, Oklahoma, and California will test the prospects of abolition.
Crime on the Ballot • 10.19.2016
It’s Not Just Pot and the Death Penalty
Four important ballot measures you probably haven’t heard of.
Crime on the Ballot • 10.17.2016
My Wife and Child Died on the Way Home From Visiting Me in Prison
On loss behind bars.
Life Inside • 12.11.2015
Why Three Counties That Loved the Death Penalty Have Almost Stopped Pursuing It
A closer look at get-tough DAs.
News • 08.11.2015
‘I Feel Unsafe Every Day.’
An Oklahoma corrections officer on the stress and danger of understaffing, and why each inmate should be given a joint twice a day.
Asked and Answered • 05.22.2015
A Death Penalty Case, or Just Bullying?
High Court’s conservatives bridle at ‘guerilla’ tactics of ‘abolitionist’ movement.
News • 04.29.2015