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Simone Weichselbaum is a staff writer who primarily focuses on national policing issues. She is also The Marshall Project’s diversity chair. Weichselbaum has spent more than 15 years reporting on a variety of urban criminal justice systems, previously working as a staff writer for the New York Daily News and the Philadelphia Daily News. She holds a graduate degree in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania.
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News May 1
Newark tries to restore trust with a novel program.
News April 17
Angry at Chicago, he cuts off police aid for all.
News February 23
Cops v. Trump on union clout.
Feature January 23
Meet Sheriff Michael Chitwood, a Yankee cop in good-ol’-boy territory.
News September 1, 2017
Um, because they’re free.
News August 14, 2017
The mixed blessing of an internet posse.
News June 14, 2017
An intensive study and new programs to combat stress that often goes overlooked.
Feature March 30, 2017
Many veterans make careers in policing. Some bring war home.
News February 5, 2017
A California law offers a way for states to reshape troubled departments.
Q&A January 29, 2017
The NYPD’s public opinion guru thinks so.
News November 18, 2016
From police to prosecutions to prisons, the AG holds wide sway.
Feature September 14, 2016
Applicants said the country's largest state university system discriminated against former prison inmates. Now, the schools have decided to 'ban the box'.
Q&A August 16, 2016
“It’s lunacy in an urban environment.”
Analysis August 2, 2016
A new generation of chiefs favors a lighter touch.
News July 27, 2016
“We have far too much imperialism in the chief executive.”
News July 25, 2016
A lot of those guns come from neighboring Indiana, the state his running mate leads.
Life Inside July 14, 2016
“Men in suits would sit there and actually talk about what my husband's life was worth.”
Analysis July 13, 2016
Tip No. 1: Don’t talk back to a cop (and a lot of them will be there).
Life Inside June 16, 2016
A play-by-play of a police-involved shooting in Ohio.
Q&A June 1, 2016
A new documentary spotlights a program that reclaims lives through writing.
News April 5, 2016
Operating under federal oversight, officers will be scrutinized for how they use force.
Feature February 12, 2016
Black Lives Matter took center stage in 2015’s hip-hop and R&B.
News December 15, 2015
The Laquan McDonald killing was preceded by years of documented violence.
News December 9, 2015
Researchers think turning more vacant lots green might work.
News December 2, 2015
Chicago’s chief became a political liability.
News November 10, 2015
Prodded by lawsuits, one jail moves to curb fetal deaths.
News October 21, 2015
New group backs bipartisan proposals to ease drug sentencing, solitary confinement.
Feature October 16, 2015
Meet the elite chiefs who revolutionized policing nationwide, for better and for worse. Now they want to do it again.
News October 6, 2015
In North Carolina case on racial profiling, U.S. suffers its first loss.
First & Latest September 30, 2015
A closer look at why female executions are so rare.
Analysis July 10, 2015
He was more at home at Harvard than on the streets.
Feature June 28, 2015
From the people who live and work there.
Q&A June 19, 2015
A prosecutor looks back on the Birmingham church bombing.
Feature May 26, 2015
As the Justice Department pushes reform, some changes don't last.
News May 14, 2015
A shooting death spotlights Wisconsin’s legacy of police reform.
News May 2, 2015
The softer side of Justice Department intervention.
Feature April 15, 2015
A doula offers a little comfort for a birth behind bars.
News April 3, 2015
Allegations in Harlem the latest blow to a celebrated anti-violence program.
The Rules March 27, 2015
The problem of race and hair behind bars.
News March 19, 2015
#Blacklivesmatter wants to stay black.
News March 12, 2015
The nation diversifies. The bureau, not so much.
News February 20, 2015
Can classic community policing prevent terrorism?
News February 13, 2015
In some states you can watch the movie, but don’t try to act it out.
The Lowdown February 12, 2015
How prison pen pal services became the new OkCupid.
Feature November 25, 2014
A closer look at the Ohio city that everyone is touting as the model of police-community harmony.
News November 24, 2014
It's not over for Ferguson.
The Lowdown November 19, 2014
How women in prison remake makeup.