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Life Inside May 31
“We leaned on each other. We found reasons to laugh while in agony.”
Analysis May 20
Despite Jeff Sessions’ new zero-tolerance mandate along the border, the Justice Department has prioritized immigration offenses for years.
Life Inside April 26
“With my new lease on life, I still remember the one I took.”
Life Inside April 12
“I wondered whether the system I have been a part of for so long was, simply, barbaric.”
News March 20
‘Sentence review units’ would revisit harsh punishments from the past.
News March 15
Trump’s nominee to this panel called it “an overfed lemur.”
Commentary February 7
One man’s seven-year wait for a trial reveals the ways mandatory minimums distort our courts.
News August 9, 2017
You can go to prison in Florida for a $300 crime, but it’s $2,500 in Wisconsin.
News July 18, 2017
A new study examines the lingering impact of war-on-crime policies.
News June 18, 2017
After 18 months of freedom, Robert Woodall may be headed back behind bars.
Case in Point June 12, 2017
The Jerry Hartfield case is an extraordinary tale of justice delayed and denied.
Commentary May 30, 2017
It’s a building full of prosecutors.
News May 16, 2017
Some D.A.’s urge new discretion on pleas, sentences.
Life Inside May 4, 2017
A judge examines the impact on those he sentences.
News March 12, 2017
Now 28, he’ll be re-sentenced, unless the court finds him ‘irreparably corrupt.’
Commentary January 26, 2017
The difference between the freed and the left-behind was often luck.
Commentary January 24, 2017
Lesson One: Don’t make policies when emotions are running high.
News January 18, 2017
Two commutations this week was less than many had hoped for.
Q&A January 2, 2017
“There are thousands of innocent people in prison serving long sentences for crimes committed by others.”
Case in Point December 19, 2016
The case of Clifton Harvin pits judges against judges.
Feature December 7, 2016
Judges have uniquely uncommon power in the state.
Crime on the Ballot October 23, 2016
California Prop 62 would repeal the death penalty. A lifer says it doesn’t go far enough.
Commentary June 6, 2016
Lessons learned from the crack epidemic.
Feature May 4, 2016
David Clarke, the Trump-loving, pro-mass-incarceration Fox News favorite, is challenging criminal-justice reform—and stereotypes.
Feature January 27, 2016
Jhon Sanchez already served his time for a series of sex offenses he committed when he was 13. But he’s not free yet. Inside the world of civil commitment.
Commentary November 18, 2015
On the eve of the next execution, a look at the state’s history of bad lawyering and faulty evidence.
Analysis October 29, 2015
Five reasons it is (and is not) a big deal.
News October 19, 2015
The debate over the federal ‘residual clause.’
News October 9, 2015
A profile of the 6,000.
Commentary October 7, 2015
Black leaders also embraced it.
The Lowdown August 28, 2015
Why people get sentenced to “weekend jail.”
Analysis August 12, 2015
Suddenly it’s not a crime problem, it’s a health problem.
What You're Saying August 10, 2015
A selection of recent letters from our readers.
Feature August 4, 2015
Should prison sentences be based on crimes that haven’t been committed yet?
News July 23, 2015
New, retroactive sentencing guidelines begin to kick in.
Justice Lab May 15, 2015
Is being 19 years old a defense?
News April 14, 2015
But they hardly ever get punished this severely.
News March 13, 2015
Giving jurors a say in sentencing.
Justice Lab January 21, 2015
… But just a tiny bit, and it took a long time.
News November 18, 2014
New numbers from 28 states suggest otherwise.
News November 17, 2014
Will Senator Grassley kill the Smarter Sentencing Act?
Q&A November 17, 2014
An interview with the outgoing attorney general.