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Feature November 20
25 years ago this month, “superpredator” was coined in The Weekly Standard. Media spread the term like wildfire, creating repercussions on policy and culture we are still reckoning with today.
News November 8
Joe Biden ran on the most progressive criminal justice platform of any major party candidate in generations. So what can he actually do?
Analysis September 23
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a revered feminist icon. Her legacy on issues such as prisoners’ rights, capital punishment, racial justice and tribal sovereignty has been less examined.
Feature July 12
Richard Midkiff spent 23 years behind bars. A dispute over his decades-old plea deal could send him back for 15 more.
Coronavirus June 3
The Supreme Court gave teens sentenced to life in prison a shot at freedom. Many are still waiting.
Coronavirus May 12
Youth lockups are supposed to rehabilitate kids, not punish them. The pandemic is making that harder than ever.
Coronavirus March 17
“We now have no idea what’s going on inside.”
Justice Lab January 30
The Supreme Court ended automatic life without parole for children. What replaces it remains unclear.
Analysis December 13, 2019
An eerily similar crime in New York this week will test public attitudes about juvenile justice.