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Stories about, and excerpts from, the history of criminal justice.
Looking Back December 20
An extraordinary story of justice done, and what came after.
Looking Back September 14
Reliving the infamous Attica prison revolt and the bloody siege, minute-by-minute, in the social media age
Looking Back July 8
On criminal justice, Abner Mikva was about 20 years early.
Looking Back April 27
The budding mogul had a soft spot (but a short memory) for wiseguys.
Looking Back February 26
To commemorate the anniversary of his death, we rounded up some of the best reporting and commentaries on that night in Florida, George Zimmerman’s trial and what came next.
Looking Back February 24
A hearing in San Antonio will revive the ghosts of the satanic abuse trials and questions about the testimony of child victims.
Looking Back July 14
The penal colony where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated was “a paradise by comparison.”
Looking Back July 2
A concurring opinion from the past
Looking Back May 21
Cook County Jail will soon be run by a mental health professional. And it’s not the first time.
Looking Back April 30
The life and death of Robert Utter, former state Supreme Court justice and death penalty opponent.
Looking Back March 13
The gruesome 18th Century legal case that turned a famed philosopher into a crusader for the innocent.
Looking Back December 29
How children became adults in the eyes of the law.
Looking Back December 8
A black woman stood up to white police, and made history.
Looking Back November 20
The case he didn’t expect to lose. And why it mattered that he did.