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In an Apparent First, Genetic Genealogy Aids a Wrongful Conviction Case
An Idaho man who falsely confessed to a 1996 rape and murder is expected to have his name cleared on Wednesday.
Trump Tried to Deport People Faster. Immigration Courts Slowed Down Instead.
A series of policy changes has failed to reduce the ever-growing backlog of cases waiting to be resolved.
Andrew R. Calderon
The New Price of a Plea Bargain in California
Lawmakers cut criminal sentences; some DAs push back using plea deals.
Can Racist Algorithms Be Fixed?
A new study adds to the debate over racial bias in risk assessment tools widely used in courtrooms.
First Big Scoop: Student Journalists Expose High School’s Use of Prison Labor
“Whatever would come of this, they wouldn’t expel me or anything,” said a 17-year-old reporter. “I’m just presenting the facts.”
First Step Offers Release for Some Prisoners—But Not Non-Citizens
About 750 federal inmates will be transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody starting in mid-July.
The New Dream Act Holds Some Dreamers' Pasts Against Them
The House bill does something unprecedented: It blocks immigrants from citizenship based on their juvenile records.
Court Focuses on Motive as Shooter Pleads Guilty to Killing Muslim Students
Craig Hicks' broad hatred of non-white people lay behind the 2015 crime.
The Murderer Was Full of Hate. But Did He Commit a Hate Crime?
For the Muslim community in North Carolina, motive matters in 2015 student shootings.
In Just Two States, All Prisoners Can Vote. Here's Why Few Do.
In Maine and Vermont, low literacy rates and little access to information means many inmates don’t exercise their right to cast ballots.