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December 16, 2021
Her Baby Died After Hurricane Katrina. Was It a Crime?
An expansive definition of murder in Louisiana leaves many behind bars forever.
November 16, 2018
What’s Really in the First Step Act?
Too much? Too little? You be the judge.
May 22, 2018
Is The “First Step Act” Real Reform?
Congress and criminal justice, a scorecard
March 20, 2018
The DAs Who Want to Set the Guilty Free
‘Sentence review units’ would revisit harsh punishments from the past.
March 15, 2018
If You Can’t Kill It, Join It
Trump’s nominee to this panel called it “an overfed lemur.”
May 30, 2017
The Problem with the Justice Department
It’s a building full of prosecutors.
May 4, 2017
When Justice Gets Personal
A judge examines the impact on those he sentences.
Judge Mark W. Bennett
May 2, 2017
The Limits of Prosecutorial Power
There are criminal justice actors more powerful than prosecutors.
January 26, 2017
Inside the Clemency Lottery
The difference between the freed and the left-behind was often luck.
January 24, 2017
What We Can Learn from the Amazing Drop in Juvenile Incarceration
Lesson One: Don’t make policies when emotions are running high.