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The Hidden Trauma of “Short Stays” in Foster Care
Every year, thousands of children are removed from their homes by officials who fear for their safety—only to be returned within days. It “felt like being kidnapped,” one said.
New York City’s Bail Success Story
Judges have drastically cut back on bail and jail in criminal cases, a new study shows. And defendants are still showing up in court.
November 12, 2018
The Courts See a Crime. These Lawyers See a Whole Life.
Pairing old-school defense with attention to real-life problems gets people out of jail.
March 6, 2016
The First Time Texas Killed One of My Clients
An attorney pieces together a life cut short.
Burke M. Butler
November 3, 2015
Why It’s Hard to Be a Poor Boy With Richer Neighbors
And why it can lead to criminal behavior.
What You're Saying
July 31, 2015
‘When She Objected to Putting Out Her Cigarette ... She Was Saying, Leave Me Alone.’
A selection of recent letters from our readers.
April 16, 2015
Can You Go to Jail for Not Paying Rent?
Only in Arkansas. And a stealthy campaign is changing that.
March 12, 2015
Where the Shots are Fired
A new study points to a strategy for reducing police shootings in towns like Ferguson.
February 24, 2015
Debtors’ Prisons, Then and Now: FAQ
Congress outlawed them. The Supreme Court ruled them unconstitutional. Yet they live on.
February 23, 2015
When Freedom Isn’t Free
The bail industry wants to be your jailer.