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Stories about, and excerpts from, the history of criminal justice.
Looking Back April 9
It’s been nearly 25 years since Michigan adopted a controversial visitation policy. Families have been fighting it ever since.
Looking Back September 5, 2018
Portland’s first female chief, Penny Harrington, recalls the steep climb to the top.
Looking Back June 24, 2018
Every law student knows John Brady’s name. But few know the story of the bumbling murder that ended in a landmark legal ruling.
Looking Back May 28, 2018
How the most notorious gangster of all got railroaded in Philadelphia.
Looking Back March 1, 2018
How a landmark report on the 1960s race riots fell short on police reform
Looking Back December 20, 2016
An extraordinary story of justice done, and what came after.
Looking Back September 14, 2016
Reliving the infamous Attica prison revolt and the bloody siege, minute-by-minute, in the social media age
Looking Back July 8, 2016
On criminal justice, Abner Mikva was about 20 years early.
Looking Back May 30, 2016
And he played drums in a prison band.
Looking Back April 27, 2016
The budding mogul had a soft spot (but a short memory) for wiseguys.